Covid-19 immunization may not be required for the mining sector after the vaccination roll-out achieved a milestone this week. The South African Minerals Council said it has achieved a milestone of 200,000 Covid-19 immunized workers and services suppliers, representing about 45% of the workforce.
Organized workers, notably the Association of Construction and Mineworkers Union (AMCU), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity, and the United African United States, have had essential leadership roles in promoting employee vaccines company-based roll-up programs.
So far, the Department of Health’s Vaccination program has registered 52 workplaces, with many more workplaces and temporary facilities. Firms with less than 4.000 workers have joined together to provide immunization on-mine with private and provincial health agencies. In contrast, others have received services from a range of more prominent companies that have used their facilities. Until late September, more than 287,000 Covid-19 tests were performed by the South African mining sector. A total of 51,084 individuals tested these tests positively, with just 424 of the remaining active.
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The sector has lost 690 lives due to the Covid-19 epidemic, which is approximately 1.3 percent of fatalities.
According to the Mining Resources and Energy Department, the continuous loss of life, injuries, and illnesses within the South African mining industry is of considerable concern, notwithstanding the historic improvements (DMRE).