Global stock markets may be tumbling but if you had invested in toilet paper shares, you’d be smiling all the way to the bank right now.
COVID-19 has sparked panic buying despite governments calling for calm as the world battles to get this pandemic under control. And this is where the mining sector can play a key role. Working conditions in our sector make all employees susceptible to COVID-19.
There is constant physical contact during mining operations and senior officials often travel across international borders to conduct business. As such, the chances of infection are high.
However, as the Minerals Council South Africa points out, the mining industry is no stranger to dealing with communicable diseases and it has extensive and existing systems in place to deal with communicable diseases, the monitoring of health and provision of healthcare.
Given mining’s proactive approach to dealing with health and safety issues, we all have a responsibility to educate the public at large about how to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Let’s be part of the leadership that remains calm amid all the hysteria caused by misinformation and fake news. Be an active citizen and play your part in fighting this global crisis.