164 workers of AngloGold Ashanti South Africa test positive for coronavirus

Marco Green
May 25, 2020

South Africa has the highest number of coronavirus cases on the continent, with 21,343 infections detected so far and 407 fatalities.

BBC World Service Africa editor Will Ross says this outbreak, which follows another at a platinum mine, will be of concern to the South African government as well as the companies.

The closure of AngloGold's Mponeng comes on the day South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced the widely-expected reduction in the country's COVID-19 lockdown regulations from June 1.

Mines are also one of the largest employers, with almost half a million workers.

According to the latest update on the company's website, the number of positive cases has now been confirmed as 164, of which the vast majority are asymptomatic.

Operations at the world's deepest gold mine, in South Africa, have been halted after 164 cases of coronavirus were detected there.

Most of those who tested positive were not showing any symptoms.

In a statement on Sunday, the company said there are only a handful of tests left to process.

The department said all the positive workers have been isolated and they have sent s team to trace the close contacts.

The department of health in Gauteng, the province where the mine is located, said in statement posted on Twitter that 75 employees at the mine had so far tested positive for the virus, and that a further 104 tests were still being processed.

Mponeng used electronic tracking of all people underground as a safety tool in the event missing mineworkers having to be located.

The Department of Health and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, regional health authorities and labour unions were being engaged in the process.

Operations at Mponeng mine have been "temporarily halted" to complete contact tracing and "sanitize the workplace".

Mponeng is the mine that Harmony Gold agreed to buy for $300m.

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