Sibanye-Stillwater reports that, having received 780 doses of vaccines on 24 June 2021 at very short notice, it was able to mobilise and ensure that over a three-day period commencing 25 June 2021, it completed an initial inoculation of 779 employees in line with the government roll-out prioritisation strategy in South Africa.
This follows the Group’s accreditation by the South African Department of Health on 23 June 2021 to administer COVID-19 vaccines at four medical facilities at the SA gold and SA PGM operations.
The Group has a workforce of ~82,000 in South Africa. Sibanye-Stillwater can optimally utilise the capacity at its medical centres to administer 18,000 vaccines per day and can therefore make a significant contribution to the national vaccine roll-out not only to employees, but also to their families and doorstep communities if allocated sufficient vaccines.
“We recognise the urgency of vaccinating our employees, their families and nearby communities to restrict and contain the threat of COVID-19 in South Africa, and it was extremely pleasing to see how the team pulled together on short notice, to successfully and efficiently administer this initial allocation of COVID-19 vaccines to our prioritised employees.
This is a testament to preparations and protocols put in place some time ago by the team, with adequate refrigeration acquired and health care employees trained and registered well ahead of accreditation. We look forward to receiving more doses of the
COVID-19 vaccine from Government to expedite the rollout, save lives and alleviate the burden on hospitals and the public health sector”, Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater commented.