COVID-19: Almost 8,000 mineworkers infected

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JOHANNESBURG - Almost 8,000 mineworkers have now contracted COVID-19.

More than half have since recovered, while 75 have died.

It’s now mandatory for a mineworker travelling to work from another province to remain in quarantine for 14 days before resuming work.

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The Mine Health and Safety Council has told a select committee of Parliament it’s confident the industry can overcome the challenges presented by the coronavirus.

But, the possibility of job losses to accommodate better health practices, can’t be discounted.

According to Mine Health and Safety Council chief executive, Thabo Dube, “we have established a centre of education and training for mining to look at the issue of reskilling of mineworkers if they happen to be affected by the changes in technologies within mining.”

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