Buffalo suspends work as nearly 5,000 South African miners contract Covid-19

20 July 2020 (Last Updated July 20th, 2020 11:07)

South African miner Buffalo Coal has announced that it has suspended work at its Aviemore mine in South Africa, following a positive test for Covid-19 among one of its workers.

The miner announced the positive test result on Saturday, which has stopped work excavating the nearly 60 million tonnes of anthracite coal beneath the mine. The news is the latest setback for the company as its second project, the Magdalena mine, has been under care and maintenance since October 2018, so the latest suspension means production across the company has ground to a halt.

Read more about the Covid-19 pandemic in South African mining here.