MC Mining, Sylvania restart operations

South Africa-based coal and platinum firms have restarted mining operations after implementing safety measures required by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Uitkomst is an underground bord and pillar (conventional drill and blast) colliery

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MC Mining was able to restore 50% of normal operating capacity at its Uitkomst Colliery, while Sylvania Platinum restarted work at its tailings retreatment facilities, the companies announced.

The Level 4 health and safety protocols could be met at MC Mining's Uitkomst, but operations at the company's Makhado, Vele and Greater Soutpansberg projects remain suspended under the restrictions.

"I am very pleased with the smooth ramp-up to the 50% labour capacity level at the Uitkomst colliery and the continuing strong demand for its products from existing customers," said chief executive Brenda Berlin.

Sylvania restarted all six of its tailings retreatment operations, but at a reduced throughput, with platinum group metals concentrate ready to be dispatched again, the company noted.

"The protection, health and safety of all employees continues to be Sylvania's highest priority and will extend beyond the end of lockdown," said the company.