Despite disruptions during Q1 2020, global coal production is expected to grow, albeit by a marginal 0.1% to 8.13 billion tonnes (Bnt) in 2020.
Health and safety
Guidelines for a Mandatory Code of Practice on the Mitigation and Management of COVID-19 have been released. Employers have until 25 May to implement it.
With the phased reopening of the South African economy in May there has been a collective sigh of relief by mining companies to meet production targets.
Artisanal mining should not be left to collapse post COVID-19 because the sector has a direct impact on the livelihoods of many communities.
Solidarity has lodged a complaint with the SAHRC against government’s plans to make crisis funding for SMMEs subject to black economic empowerment (BEE).