Mining is an important contributor to the South African economy. It employs around 450,000 people and makes a direct contribution of 8.1% to GDP. Approximately 78% of these people work on gold, platinum and coal mines that are largely underground operations.

Under the regulations easing the lockdown, mining were allowed to resume operation at 50% capacity and must provide health and safety protection from COVID-19. Working conditions underground are cramped, transportation is in packed cages, and there is a high incidence of respiratory diseases.
Northam Mine in Limpopo has reported 1st corona virus case, Assore Chrome Mine in Limpopo has suspended production after a worker tested positive for Covid-19.

GUEST: Shabir Ahmed - Industry Advisor for Mining at SAP Africa

GUEST- Dr Thuthula Balfour – Head of Health at The Minerals Council of South