Govt exempts coal miners

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©️ THE government has exempted coal miners, critical in the generation of electricity, from the national lockdown that begins today.

In a statement yesterday, Mines minister Winston Chitando said coal mining companies were exempt from the lockdown.

“Notwithstanding the exemption, the companies are obliged to observe the key principles of the above order in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In executing the national lockdown for the rest of the mining industry, the ministry in consultation with the industry, has noted a number of industry specific challenges for the sector.

“These and other challenges are already recognised in His Excellency, the President’s statement, which emphasises the need to keep certain critical equipment and services in
operation.

“It further recognises the need for essential services to continue operating during the national lockdown,” Chitando said, adding mining companies were free to apply for exemption.

“All mining companies seeking exemption are, therefore, urged to contact the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Miners Federation for further guidance.”

 

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