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Mines in Limpopo becomes the epicenter of COVID-19

By : Communication Team

Limpopo has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, with the majority of it recorded in the mining areas in Sekhukhune District.

Premier Stan Mathabatha said the government was worried about the situation at the mines,and it was the reason behind last Sunday's meeting with Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and mining management.

Today,22 May 2020 ,Premier Mathabatha met with Mogalakwena Anglo Platinum Mine Management to check the measures put in place for safety of workers.

"I am satisfied because of what I have seen in the Anglo Platinum Mine with regard to measures put in place to ensure that the mine adhere to COVID-19 safety regulations,"said Mathabatha.

He said that failure to comply with the regulations, the mine will be closed with immediate effect.

The Premier was accompanied by me a for LEDET Thabo Mokone, Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba, CoGHSTA  Basikopo Makamu,Waterberg Executive Mayor Morris Mataboge and Mogalakwena Mayor Andriana Matsemela.

Anglo American Platinum Mine CEO Natascha Viljoen said the mine will always work in partnership with government in curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Mines dominated the real economy at 25% of the Provincial economy.In contrast, construction and manufacturing contributed just 3%,and agriculture 2%. Limpopo accounted for 24% of national mining output,7% of national agriculture and 6% of national construction,but just 2% of national manufacturing.

The first case of COVID-19 in Limpopo mines was identified in Marula Mine in Burgersfort from a worker who is a resident of Eastern Cape.