BURGERSFORT – In an effort to ensure COVID -19 regulations adherence in the mining sector, about 28 operational Dilokong Platinum Belt mines presented their operational plans amid Coronavirus pandemic to Sekhukhune District Municipality’s (SDM) political leadership on Monday, 04 May 2020.
The health department, who are frontline fighters of COVID-19, also partook in the mines presentation process, which was preceded by a meeting in Jane Furse last week.
Stanley Ramaila, SDM Executive Mayor, said they were generally impressed that both parties found each other.
Ramaila said the influx of mine workers from other provinces into Sekhukhune needed to be guarded carefully.
The executive mayor said otherwise, they would have problems with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Ours is to work together, assist each other and make sure that there is 100 percent compliance. The 50 percent workforce and general compliance are our main interest here. The lives of our people are central here. And if we lapse, we might risk infection from the mines cascading to our communities.
And we can’t allow that to happen while we just look and do nothing. This is an ongoing assignment that all participants committed to undertake,” said Ramaila.
Ramaila further said that in part, they were there to lobby the mines to contribute immediately towards food bank programme.
“We are agreeing that as part of the social responsibility of all the mines towards their communities, donations of food packages should be prioritised. I am pleased that we are finding each other, concluded Ramaila.
SDM said the engagement was in line with the president’s pronouncement on reopening economic activity through stages. According to SDM already, that has resulted in Burgersfort, Jane Furse, Bopedi Bapedi, Moratiwa Shopping Complex, Groblersdal, Marble Hall and Dennilton being ablaze with activity.