As 200,000 mineworkers make their way across SA to join an equivalent number of their colleagues already back at work, the industry is fervently making preparations to mine amid the Covid-19 pandemic. It offers an ominous glimpse into the enormous challenge that lies ahead.

Assuming that public health facilities may be overwhelmed at the peak of the pandemic, SA mining companies are converting old hostels and even renting church halls to prepare beds for infected workers...

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