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South Africa’s mining industry prepares for $20 mln COVID-19 vaccine rollout effort

South Africa’s mining industry prepares for $20 mln COVID-19 vaccine rollout effort

TANISHA HEIBERG and HELEN REID SOUTH Africa's mining industry estimates it will cost around 300 million rand ($20 million) to help the government roll out COVID-19 vaccines to mineworkers and community members as the country battles a surge in infections, the industry body has told Reuters.: The Minerals Council, which represents mining firms, offered its financial and logistical assistance after the government called on the private sector to help with the rollout of vaccines, the first of which are set to arrive on Monday. Mining is a key driver of the country's economy, contributing 9% of GDP, and mineworkers are…
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SA mining industry supports rollout

SA mining industry supports rollout

TANISHA HEIDBERG and HELEN REID SOUTH Africa's mining companies will support the government in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines as the nation battles a surge in infections, the industry body said has announced. Mining companies say they are well placed to support the COVID-19 response thanks to decades of experience combating tuberculosis and HIV-AIDS among workers, including the creation of on-site treatment facilities. The Minerals Council, which represents mining firms, said its members are developing plans to use the sector's healthcare infrastructure and delivery capability to accelerate the vaccination programme, but did not provide further detail. A leading producer of…
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