INTERVIEW • Employees that could work from home were allowed to and our processes were aligned. • Additional controls and measures were introduced on the mine including social distancing measures on busses, thermal scanning and continuous sanitising of the workplace. • A phased and controlled recall process was introduced to bring back employees over a period
At Venetia Mine, we have put extensive safety, health and hygiene measures in place to combat the spread of the virus in the workplace and our communities. These measures are not limited to and include: • A comprehensive risk assessment to identify areas of potential exposure, including implementing the required policies, procedures and controls. Venetia Mine General Manager Gerrie Nortje with De Beers Group Managed Operations Managing Director Mpumi Zikalala and Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba at the Venetia Mine Testing Laboratory.
of four to six months. • A new process was introduced with a telephonic Covid-19 screening assessment before employees were recalled. • Shift arrangements and working schedules were adjusted to ensure we maintain social distancing requirements. All these measures allowed us to recall more than 70% of our workforce. We are continuing to ramp up and have adjusted our measures.
• All our employees undergo a mandatory Covid-19 medical screening and induction session prior to returning to work. • Our Occupational Medical Practitioners assess and approve all employees returning to work. • All our employees have been issued with personal thermometers for them to monitor their own body temperatures as part of a daily selfassessment process. • T he installation of Thermal Scanners at the entrance of the mine and on our buses to ensure that 100% of the employees’ body temperatures are assessed. • We are continuously educating, training and ensuring compliance to social distancing on site and on our vehicles. • Continuous sanitisation of biometric readers,
What are some of the specific steps to ensure the safety of staff? Our employees are at the heart of our business and we have taken decisive, wide-ranging measures that are stringently applied to protect both the health and well-being of them and their families. LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2020/21