Mining production continues to decrease post lockdown

Sambatha is convinced that North West would have fewer cases if mine workers had not begun returning to work from other provinces since April, when mines were allowed to increase operational capacity by 50%. Picture: iStock/ Juan Jose Napuri
Sambatha is convinced that North West would have fewer cases if mine workers had not begun returning to work from other provinces since April, when mines were allowed to increase operational capacity by 50%. Picture: iStock/ Juan Jose Napuri

Mining production decreased by 3.3% in August compared to the previous year, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday.

Iron ore recorded the largest fall in production with 18.1%, with gold output falling 14.8%. The production of platinum group minerals however showed an increase of 12.7%.

Mineral sales, meanwhile, increased by 20.9% year-on-year in August. Platinum group minerals again showed an increase in sales of 63% in August.

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