- About Us
- Our people
- Our communities
- Our environment
- South Deep Trusts
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See more information regarding Coronavirus on the Gold Fields Group COVID-19 Portal by clicking on the link below.READ MORE