In the latest move pertaining to ease in coronavirus restrictions, mine workers living in South Africa’s neighbouring states will start returning to work from next week.
The Minerals Council of Southern Africa said on June 4 that the country’s mining industry is in talks with the government about allowing foreign miners to return to work. The foreign mineworkers make up about 10% of South Africa’s mining workforce.
In the due process, the first batch of 9500 mine workers from Zimbabwe and Mozambique have been registered to return to mines.
In lieu with necessary precautions, before starting work all the workers will be screened in their home country and then placed in 14-day quarantine at facilities near the South African mines. The Minerals Council’s Senior Executive for Environment, Health and Legacies, Nikisi Lesufi, said, “People who fail the screening tests will not be allowed to come” to South Africa.