Minerals Council position on COVID-19

In January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. In early February 2020, the Minerals Council provided members with material on mitigation measures against the virus. The materials were based on communication from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), materials provided by the WHO, and were targeted at employees and translated into Afrikaans, isiZulu and Sesotho.

On Wednesday, 11 March 2020, the WHO declared the virus a pandemic as by then, the virus had spread to more than 100 countries around the world.

The Minerals Council continued to monitor the situation very closely and provided updated information and employee communication to all of its members on Wednesday, 11 March.

On the evening of 15 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster announcing measures taken by the country to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minerals Council listened very closely to the message from the President, and is fully supportive of the measures he announced. The Minerals Council and its members are already doing many of the things he spoke of and will fully align with the requirements.

In addition to playing an advisory and collaborative role between members, the Minerals Council represents the industry in discussions with government and other critical stakeholders.

Ensuring that accurate and relevant information is available to stakeholders, especially employees, is an important component of the Minerals Council’s approach to mitigate the potential impact of coronavirus on employees, their families and communities.


The following resources are available for use by Minerals Council members and all other interested parties:


February 2020

March 2020

FAQ [icon] 10-point action plan (18 March 2020)
FAQ [icon] FAQs (11 March 2020)
Key speaking points [icon] Key speaking points (11 March 2020)

Posters - What you need to know about Coronavirus
Posters [icon] English (11 March 2020)
Posters [icon] Afrikaans (11 March 2020)
Posters [icon] IsiZulu (11 March 2020)
Posters [icon] Sesotho (11 March 2020)

Posters [icon] (English) (26 March 2020)
Posters [icon] IsiZulu (26 March 2020)
Posters [icon] IsiXhosa (26 March 2020)
Posters [icon] Sesotho (26 March 2020)