Two workers in an underground mine.
- Dr. Thuthula Balfour, head of health at Minerals Council South Africa said the cost of the vaccine programme to the mining industry could be around R300 million.
- Mining is a key driver of the country’s economy, contributing 9% of GDP
- SA has a labour-intensive mining industry with thousands of miners working in confined spaces deep underground, posing a higher risk of transmission
SA’s mining industry estimates it will cost around R300 million to help the government roll out Covid-19 vaccines to mineworkers and community members as the country battles a surge in infections, the industry body has told Reuters.
The Minerals Council, which represents mining firms, offered its financial and logistical assistance after the government called on the private sector to help with the rollout of vaccines, the first of which are set to arrive on Monday.
Mining is a key driver