The state issued strict directives on health measures for mines to follow as they restart operations after a three-week lockdown, potentially derailing a legal challenge by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to force general Covid-19-related regulations on the industry.

Amcu, which represents 100,000 workers in a sector that employs 450,000 people, brought an urgent application to the labour court in Johannesburg this week to compel the state to regulate the mechanisms used to protect employees from Covid-19. The court set down April 29 for the start of the case. ..

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