COVID-19 hits North West mining industry hard

File: The mining industry in the North West province has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

File: The mining industry in the North West province has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BOJANALA - The mining industry in the North West province has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy President David Mabuza visited the province this week to assess its readiness to deal with the crisis.

Mabuza said partnerships between traditional leaders, mining companies and the provincial government will improve contact tracing in the province, curbing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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One of the areas hardest hit is the Bojanala District, which requires more beds for the sick.

Mabuza visited a field hospital built by a mining company.

The field hospital is 95 percent complete and will have a capacity of 200 beds.

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The price tag for the hospital, which has taken six weeks to build, is R6-million and counting. It's expected to open its doors soon.

"The function of this facility will be for COVID-19 positive people and the employees of the company, as well as community members," said Philip Coetzer, head of safety, health environment at Royal Bafokeng Platinum.

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eNCA