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The South African mining industry’s response to COVID-19 has been comprehensive, collaborative and effective. This page provides an update on the Minerals Council’s approach, including our daily dashboard, and the resources we make available to members and non-members alike.

COVID-19 will be with some for the foreseeable future, and we will continue to develop and implement leading practices to save lives and livelihoods. We will be guided by Standard Operating Procedures and in compliance with the DMRE Guidelines for a Mandatory Code of Practice on the Mitigation and Management of the COVID-19 Outbreak. We will continue to monitor and support vulnerable employees.

At work, we will continue to implement precautionary non-medical measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as screening and testing, social distancing, the wearing of masks and sanitising. More than that, companies will continue to provide education and communication to employees and community members around COVID-19, and how to prevent it. Our efforts to address the impact, and limit the spread of COVID-19, extend beyond the mine gate and are aimed at alleviating, where possible, the burden on public resources and providing support to communities.

Vaccines

The Minerals Council and our members are strongly supportive of government’s vaccine roll-out strategy. We will work closely with the DMRE and unions to achieve a smooth roll-out of vaccines at our mines and in mining communities, and to increase vaccine acceptance through education and communication.

We have offered our significant healthcare infrastructure and capacity to drive the vaccination process, and we hope to play a constructive role as designated points of care, particularly in those regions where there are clusters of mines and mining communities, and those remote regions where mining is the predominant economic activity. Our focus will not only be on ensuring that employees receive the vaccination, but also their families and communities.


Stay safe, stay home during the holidays

COVID-19 will not take a break on public holidays.

The Minerals Council South Africa calls on all employees and communities to be mindful that, as we enjoy the public holidays, COVID-19 is still with us.

The Minerals Council calls on all employees and communities to act responsibly. Read more

Minerals Council urges caution ahead of likely COVID-19 third wave. Read more

Guideline

Easter COVID-19 posters

COVID-19 will not take a break over Easter
Spread love this Easter, not Covid-19
If you have to travel this Easter, don’t let your guard down
Are you or those you love at higher risk from COVID-19
When you come back to work from the Easter break

COVID-19 Vaccine posters English [icon]

The Minerals Council and mining unions have agreed that information and responsible communication is an important element in encouraging mining employees and communities to learn more about vaccines and to get vaccinated when they have the opportunity to do so. Together, #WeChooseVaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccine posters

COVID-19 is here with us to stay
Why you should vaccinate
How the vaccine works
Will the vaccine work?
Is the vaccine safe?
Are there vaccine side effects?
When will I be vaccinated?
Beware of false information
We accept and share responsibility
COVID-19 vaccine side effects explained

Daily dashboard

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20 April 2021 10:00
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Dr Thuthula Balfour, Head of Health at the Minerals Council provides an overview of the mining industry’s readiness for the roll-out of vaccines.
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Posters

Easter COVID-19 posters
COVID-19 will not take a break over Easter
Spread love this Easter, not Covid-19
If you have to travel this Easter, don’t let your guard down
Are you or those you love at higher risk from COVID-19
When you come back to work from the Easter break

COVID-19 Vaccine posters
COVID-19 is here with us to stay
Why you should vaccinate
How the vaccine works
Will the vaccine work?
Is the vaccine safe?
Are there vaccine side effects?
When will I be vaccinated?
Beware of false information
We accept and share responsibility

What you need to know about Coronavirus, 11 March 2020
This is what you need to know
What are the symptoms?
How does it spread?
Can I get it from touching things?
What should I do if I think I have the virus?
How can I protect myself and others from getting sick?
How can it be stopped?
Who is at greatest risk?
What can I do to avoid getting the virus?