Ensuring the health and safety of our employees is our first priority

South Deep is fully supportive of the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and the efforts by government to manage this unprecedented crisis.

Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our people and communities.

While South Deep, like any other South African business, finds itself in a very challenging situation, we recognise that we have a broader responsibility to make a positive contribution to combat this pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has and will continue to have enormous national consequences. But the real impact will be felt by the employees and communities that sustain our industry. It is here that we will seek to make a difference.

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Engaging with employees

We have continued to engage with organised labour to find creative solutions to address the joint challenges we face, and following constructive discussions we agreed to:

  • Pay all employees their basic income and fixed allowances for the full five weeks of the lock-down until 30 April 2020, even if they are not at work.
  • Preserve employees leave days.
  • Make up some of the production that has been lost over the Christmas break to offset these significant costs.

Supporting SMME service providers and small-scale contractors

We have made the decision to continue to pay our SMME service providers and small-scale contractors who depend on us an amount of R22 million for the period.

Humanitarian efforts

South Deep heeded the call by President Ramaphosa to contribute to the Solidarity Fund established to raise funds to support critical areas of work. The mine contributed R15 million to the fund, while the South Deep leadership team and and employees in their personal capacity will donate more than R1 million split between the Solidarity Fund and Local Community Aid over the next three months through salary sacrifices.


Restarting operations

In line with the amendments to the lockdown regulations announced by Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, South Deep restarted operations on Monday, 20 April 2020, and will continue to gradually build up to 50% of workforce numbers. Our decision to restart was taken after much consideration, taking into account the best measures to keep our people healthy and safe, the need for our people and communities to continue to generate income to sustain themselves, the important contribution mining makes to South Africa and to the lives of many families and communities across the country and in neighbouring countries and the impact on small business and contractors who rely on South Deep. We recognise that we have an opportunity to slowly restart operations in a way that enables us to practice social distancing and to provide essential training for all our employees in a phased way.

The way forward

Adjusting to the new “normal” will require us to adopt new habits and behaviours for ourselves, our families and our communities. For our country to win against this pandemic, each one of us must protect ourselves and others by changing our habits.

We thank our employees for their support and self-discipline in their commitment to do the right things to ensure their health and safety and that of those that they love and care about. Together we can and will get through this crisis and build a better future.

Media campaigns

Creating awareness

Lockdown

Humanitarian efforts

Engaging with organised labour

Engaging with communities

Return to work

Myth and Stigma Busting

Contact for employees

If you have any queries or questions, contact our hotline on: 072 512 9753 or 072 649 8255 on Monday to Friday from 08H00 to 10H00 and 15H00 to 17H00.

More information

See more information regarding Coronavirus on the Gold Fields Group COVID-19 Portal by clicking on the link below.

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