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numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is concerned about the rising number of Covid-19-positive cases in the mining industry, especially in Limpopo, and at power utility Eskom's operations.  

According to the union, some mines in Limpopo have become hotspots, where the virus was spreading at an “alarming rate”.  The first mine to have reported positive Covid-19 cases was the Marula platinum mine, with 19 confirmed cases.  The second was the Dwarsrivier chrome mine, which presently has 30 confirmed cases.  The NUM is also displeased with the criteria used to call employees back to work in terms of a decision allowing mines to operate at 50% and is worried about the negative impact that Covid-19 will have in mining communities.  According to the union, it is “clear that mining companies are not complying with Covid-19 regulations”.  It says that the regulatory department must “deal harshly” with such companies.  The union called on its members to refuse to work in mines and operations where necessary measures were not in place to protect them from the virus.  With reference to Eskom, the NUM noted that a total of 20 Covid-19 cases have been reported nationally, with the majority – 14 – in the Western Cape.  Expressing its concern about how Eskom was treating positive cases, the NUM said it was still waiting for the Department of Health to investigate whether the Koeberg power station had followed the correct regulations when dealing with Covid-19 cases.

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