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Ford South Africa commences production of face shields to assist with COVID-19, contributions welcomed to support this initiative

9th April 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has commenced production of 57 000 protective face shields that will be donated to front-line medical and essential services personnel who are most at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus that has spread worldwide. Ford has also approached its... 

Vale extends Voisey’s Bay shutdown by up to 3 months

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th April 2020 The Voisey’s Bay mine, in Labrador, Canada, will remain on care-and-maintenance for up to another three months, because of the coronavirus, Brazilian major Vale reported on Thursday. On March 16, Vale announced a four-week care-and-maintenance period at Voisey's Bay mine, owing to the unique... 

Covid-19 to impact immunisation programmes in low-income countries

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th April 2020 Disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are likely to have a devastating impact on immunisation programmes in the world’s least-developed countries, according to analysis by public-private partnership, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Immediate delays to vaccination campaigns and routine... 

Covid-19 cases surpass 10 000 in Africa

By: Sane Dhlamini     8th April 2020 The World Health Organisation has reported that the number of confirmed coronavirus has surpassed the 10 000 mark in Africa, with over 500 deaths. In a statement WHO raised concerns that while the virus was slow to reach the continent, the infection has grown exponentially in recent weeks and... 

Government planning Covid-19 mercy repatriation flight from Brazil 

By: News24Wire      7th April 2020 The government is preparing to evacuate South Africans who can get to its embassy in Brazil ahead of a flight out on Wednesday morning, with a compulsory 14 days' quarantine on arrival. The South African Ambassador to Brazil said the repatriation would take place on 8 April, adding 61 people have... 

Barrick progressing towards modern miner goal 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2020 Following its merger with Randgold Resources, NYSE- and TSX-listed Barrick Gold has made progress towards its goal of being a modern mining business, according to executive chairperson John Thornton in the company’s information circular for 2020 published on April 6. The circular follows the... 

Almost 1 500 water tanks delivered in Gauteng to avert spread of coronavirus

By: News24Wire      6th April 2020 A total of 1 482 water tanks have been delivered in various parts of Gauteng to ameliorate protracted water shortages in water-deprived communities and avert their susceptibility to the deadly novel coronavirus. The Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (DWS) activated its... 

Nevada Gold Mines assisting its local communities

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd April 2020 Nevada Gold Mines (NGM), in collaboration with the state of Nevada and its stakeholders, is working to identify immediate needs and provide financial and logistical support to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its local communities. NGM is a joint venture (JV) between Barrick Gold... 

Resources a key part to recovery - Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st April 2020 Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt said that the federal and state and territory governments were working to ensure that critical resources projects kept operating during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The Australian resources sector is a key part of the Australian economy. The commodities... 

OceanaGold's South Carolina mine remains open

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st April 2020 The Haile gold mine, in South Carolina, continues to operate despite an announcement by state government that all non-essential business shut down for a period of 14 days, dual-listed gold miner OceanaGold said on Wednesday. The company noted that under state guidelines, the status of the Haile... 

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