WHAT BUSINESS ACTIVITIES ARE PERMITTED IN THE MINING AND QUARRYING SECTOR UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?

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Published: May 2, 2020

The following mining and quarrying business activities within the sector are permitted unless otherwise specified:

 

  • Coal production for Eskom scaling up to full employment
  • Open-cast mining scaling up to a baseline of 50% and thereafter scaling up to full employment.
  • All other mining starting in batches scaling up towards 50% employment

Directions will be issued by the Cabinet member responsible for mineral resources and energy on how mining operations may increase further capacity once 50% capacity is reached.

The following conditions apply to the starting and increasing of capacity:

  • Appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of workers must be implemented by mining companies in accordance with directions issued;
  • a rigorous screening and testing programme must be implemented as employees return to work;
  • the mining industry must provide quarantine facilities for employees who have tested positive for the COVID -19;
  • data collected during the screening and testing programme must be submitted to the authority referred to in regulation 8;
  • mining companies must make arrangements to transport their South African employees from their homes to their respective areas of operations;

The monitoring and impact assessment of seismicity through the Council for Geoscience must be intensified with immediate effect.

 

Workplace Safety

 

All persons who are able to work from home should do so.

Anybody falling under the specific activities mentioned above can work outside the home and can travel to and from work under Alert Level 4.

 

Anybody that is permitted to work outside their home under Level 4 must carry a Permit to Perform an Essential or Permitted Service (click here to download), issued by the head of the company or institution. This permit must always be accompanied by identification.

 

The Department of Small Business Development may issue further Directions related to small and micro enterprises, co-operatives, informal traders and spaza shops. (This question will be updated if such Directions are issued).

This is set out in the Disaster Management Regulations issued on 29 April 2020, available here.

 

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