COVID-19 Pandemic Response
Caledonia Mining is responding actively to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the threat it poses to its employees, their families and the continuity of its operations.
As of the 30th of March 2020 there were zero confirmed cases of infection amongst the Company’s employees and their families who inhabit the mine village. There were also zero confirmed cases in the nearest town, Gwanda. The land borders between South Africa and Zimbabwe remain open although the lockdown in South Africa is anticipated to inhibit equipment and consumables supplies from South Africa until the 16th of April 2020. The three week lockdown imposed in Zimbabwe effective until the 20th of April will affect production at Blanket, for more details please refer to our press releases on this issue. The company has applied for an exemption to continue operating at a reduced level of production subject to approval of an operating plan that demonstrates the ability to operate in a manner that contributes to the management of the spread of COVID-19 infections. Blanket has adequate critical spares and consumables inventory to manage reduced supply chain deliveries during this period.
The Company’s first priority will always be the safety and health of all of its employees and their families, management continue to monitor the situation and conduct regular reviews to update its decisions in response to the disease. Management have taken active measures to help minimise the risk of infection and to safeguard the continuity of day to day business operations at Caledonia Mining’s flagship asset, the Blanket Mine.
These measures include:
- Regular interaction with Government health officials in the Gwanda area and participation on Covid-19 task teams
- Regular communication with employees on guidelines, restrictions and hygiene recommendations to limit the risk of contagion
- The elimination of all non-essential travel to Blanket
- Restrictions on international travel
- Working from home where possible for non-mine personnel
- Intensified cleaning of offices and high traffic/contact areas
- Social distancing measures at operating sites in line with government guidelines
- A review of the holdings of key stock items so that production can be maintained as long as possible in the event of disruption to supply chains
- Contingency planning in the event of an infection including containment measures, treatment regimens and financial resilience planning
Senior mine management at the Blanket Mine are actively engaged with the local community and neighbouring mines to coordinate the Company’s response and support where possible.
Caledonia Mining, its management and employees have faced many challenges in the past and have consistently demonstrated a great deal of resilience. Caledonia Mining is confident that the same spirit will prevail in the face of this challenge.
The current situation remains highly fluid, Caledonia Mining will endeavour to respond to any new developments and will update its stakeholders accordingly.