Sibanye-Stillwater chief executive Neal Froneman. Picture: Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA).
Sibanye-Stillwater chief executive Neal Froneman. Picture: Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA).

Minerals Council SA condemns alleged Covid-19 case at Sibanye-Stillwater

By ANA Reporter Time of article published Mar 23, 2020

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Cape Town - The minerals council South Africa on Monday has condemned a false report of an alleged confirmed case of Covid-19 at a Sibanye-Stillwater operation.

The company called the allegations a “social media hoax” and emphasised that there have been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus infections at its operations.

The minerals council said the allegation was first on social media at the weekend, which was then picked up by a broadcast channel without verification.

“Members of the media are asked to be vigilant in detecting and avoiding misrepresentation, the intention of which would be to sow uncertainty and panic,” the council said in a statement.

It said it recognised that the accessibility of information and transparency was critical in its efforts to prevent and contain the spread of Covid-19, to support the rapid detection and isolation of individuals who may have been affected, and to ensure that employees and their families have the understanding and support they need in this challenging time. 

“At the same time, it is important that other stakeholders, such as shareholders and the media, are equally well informed,” the council said.

The industry’s approach to reporting on incidents of Covid-19 will be aligned to the requirements of the department of health in the first instance, while keeping the department of mineral resources and energy, the mine health and safety council and organised labour informed at all times, it said.

South Africa's confirmed Covid-19 cases rose to 402 on Monday, up by 128 cases since Sunday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.

In the latest statistics released, Mkhize said one patient made a full recovery and was cleared to return home after testing negative for Covid-19.

The Northern Cape also saw its first two infections, the statement said.

African News Agency

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