- Gold and platinum mines in South Africa are implementing measures to deal with the coronavirus before it claims lives and causes a loss of jobs
- Two mines, Anglo American Platinum Limited and Sibanye Stillwater Limited, have instituted temperature checks and other measures to detect the coronavirus
- The companies are also making flu shots available and taking a second look at their medical examinations
The world’s biggest gold and platinum mines, both located in South Africa, are gearing up to limit the infection of the coronavirus.
The coronavirus has already disrupted economic activities all over the world and could cause further challenges in places where people operate in close proximity.
Mining firms such as Anglo American Platinum Limited and Sibanye Stillwater Limited have implemented a variety of measures, such as temperature checks of employees and availability of services to determine one’s HIV status.
Bloomberg.com reports that the companies are also distributing flu shots and overhauling medical examinations.
Both mines reportedly generate about $12 billion in sales every year and the metals rank among South Africa’s biggest exports.
Briefly.co.za has learned that the depth of the mines makes their operating conditions labour-intensive.
Beneath the earth’s surface, miners are exposed to hot and humid temperatures and some return to cramped hostels on the surface.
On Sunday, 15 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster, closing schools and banning large gatherings.
The government hopes to contain the spread of the coronavirus before it can reach the general population, which counts high numbers of old, HIV positive and TB afflicted people. These are the people most vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus.
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