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In copper country, they’re using the metal to fight the virus

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2020 As Chile’s giant copper mines battle to keep workers healthy in the Covid-19 pandemic, a laboratory in the country is touting the use of tiny specks of the metal to contain the spread among the general population. Santiago-based Aintech says its products are the first to make use of copper... 

Codelco unions say nearly 3 000 miners infected by coronavirus, call for enhanced safety

By: Reuters     9th July 2020 Unions at Chile's Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, said on Wednesday that nearly 3 000 workers had been infected with the coronavirus, prompting renewed calls for more safety measures at the company's sprawling operations. Patricio Elgueta, president of the Federation of Copper... 

Silver linings: SA food & beverage sector could emerge from pandemic stronger than before

8th July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has forced mindset changes and innovation that could improve local food and beverage businesses, and could even catalyse innovation and growth in future. This is according to exhibitors and experts on the advisory board of food & drink technology Africa, the food and... 

SA receives additional ventilators from US

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th July 2020 The US government through the US Agency for International Development, has delivered a second shipment of 100 ventilators to South Africa to assist with its national response to the coronavirus pandemic. USAID will also train up to 10 000 critical care nurses and physicians and support supply... 

Hochschild halts operations in Peru after virus outbreak

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2020 A number of workers at silver and gold mining company Hochschild Mining’s Inmaculada operation, in southern Peru, have tested positive for Covid-19, despite preventative measures being in place, including a comprehensive testing programme and quarantine for all employees. The UK-based company has... 

Covid-19 stops Caucharí-Olaroz construction

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th July 2020 Construction of the Caucharí-Olaroz lithium project, in Jujuy, Argentina, has been halted, after two workers tested positive for Covid-19. Both workers were asymptomatic and in good health, dual-listed Lithium Americas said on Monday. Construction activities had been temporarily suspended while... 

Fortuna suspends Caylloma operations for two weeks

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2020 NYSE- and TSX-listed Fortuna Silver Mines has voluntarily suspended operations for two weeks at its Caylloma mine, in Peru, following the sudden death of a 34-year old contractor employee on July 5. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but the individual had completed a health check,... 

UFS expanding virtual student support services

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2020 The University of the Free State (UFS) on July 6 announced that it was adding tutoring and mentoring services to its student support initiatives. These would be funded by the youth education nonprofit organisation Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The projects the university will implement are... 

Ramaphosa calls for caution around elderly during Covid-19

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th July 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for vigilance and cautiousness as the country prepares to reach its peak of Coronavirus infections, and has placed emphasis on ensuring that the elderly are not exposed to the virus. In his weekly column to the nation Ramaphosa said as part of the national... 

More than 80 at Trevali mine positive for Covid

By: Mariaan Webb     6th July 2020 TSX-listed Trevali Mining now has more than 80 confirmed cases of Covid-19 at its Santander operation, which is nearly 30% of the total workforce of the mine in Peru. The company suspended operations at Santander in late June, after 19 workers tested positive for the virus during routine... 

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