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Buffalo Coal update on COVID-19

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World Coal,

Buffalo Coal has announced that, as per the Amended Disaster Regulations announced by the South African government on 16 April 2020, it has successfully implemented measures allowing it to achieve the utilisation of 50% of its employees at its mining operations as from 4 May 2020.

The safety, health and wellbeing of our employees, their families, contractors and communities in which we operate remains our primary concern. The company has developed and implemented various risk-based mitigating measures, including:

  • Transport arrangements for employees from their homes to place of work.
  • Rigorous screening, testing and data collection programmes for all employees and contractors accessing the mining operations.
  • Allowing certain employees to work from home.
  • The provision of quarantine facilities for employees who may test positive for COVID-19.

Due to the uncertainty regarding the expected timeline for the lifting of restrictions and impact of any potential COVID-19 infections to any of the company’s employees, the company has, since the extension of National Lockdown on 17 April 2020, implemented a ‘no-work-no-pay’ policy for those employees whose services cannot be utilised. Consultations have been initiated with the various trade unions to identify and investigate alternatives to alleviate the financial strain that the implemented Policy will have on affected employees.

The company will continue to proactively measure and manage any potential impacts of the Disaster Management Act Regulations and amendments thereto. Further updates will be communicated to the company’s various stakeholders as new information becomes available.

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