Coronavirus case halts production at Crocodile River mine chrome concentrate plant

Medical staff take the temperature of a employee.
Medical staff take the temperature of a employee.
Odd Andersen, AFP

Eastern Platinum has temporarily shut down its chrome concentrate operation at Crocodile River mine after an employee tested positive for coronavirus. 

The company said work at the mine, which is located in the North West, was halted on the weekend. Workers have been placed in self-isolation while deep cleaning of the facility is conducted.

Production is expected to restart no later than Saturday June 20, and the impact of the shutdown is expected to be "minimal". But it could have material adverse effects on the company’s business and cash flows if it is extended. 

"To ensure the safety and health of the staff, the company is instituting a full baseline testing of staff and contractors for COVID-19," said Eastern Platinum. 

As of Monday, SA's mining industry had reported 614 cases of coronavirus, with 382 recoveries. Only two deaths have been reported so far. The North West province, which includes SA's platinum belt, has experienced some of the highest coronavirus infection rates. 

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