South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is concerned about the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the mining industry, particularly in the province of Limpopo and at the state-owned Eskom’s operations.

The union said that some operations in Limpopo had become hotspots, with the virus spreading at an alarming rate. The NUM is said to be concerned about the impact on mining communities if the virus is not contained.

The NUM has been critical of mining companies, accusing them of “not complying with Covid-19 regulations,” and said that the regulator must “deal harshly” with companies that are not abiding by the regulations.