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Sibanye-Stillwater confirms 51 COVID-19 cases at Thembelani shaft

The mining firm said that it had tested staff at the shaft after two employees tested positive for the virus last week.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Sibanye-Stillwater has confirmed that 51 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus at its Thembelani shaft in Rustenburg.

The mining firm said that it had tested staff at the shaft after two employees tested positive for the virus last week.

Contact tracing protocols were implemented and a number of associated employees were tested and quarantined.

Sibanye-Stillwater said that of the 120 people tested, 51 employees returned positive tests.

These employees have been counseled and moved from quarantine to isolation.

On Wednesday, Gauteng Premier David Makhura declared the West Rand a COVID-19 hotspot after the mining area saw an increase in coronavirus cases since the lockdown was lowered to alert level four earlier this month.

Unions have long warned of cluster outbreaks within the mining sector where there are now over 300 cases confirmed across the country.

There are fears of a rapid spread of infections in mines spurred on by a lack of adequate protective equipment and an inability to practice social distancing.

For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.