South Africa to publish mining safety regulations amid Covid-19

By JP Casey

The South African Labour Court has ordered that the country’s mining sector must publish safety guidelines on working amid the Covid-19 pandemic by 18 May, a move heralded as a major victory for mineworkers and unions as South Africa begins to relax its lockdown laws.

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has implemented a temporary Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which will be in place until a permanent set of guidelines can be announced by the mid-May deadline, and includes a number of measures to better protect workers.

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