South African mines minister Mr Gwede Mantashe and his wife Nolwandle Mantashe have tested positive for COVID-19. The couple is in isolation and the minister, who received his results earlier on Tuesday, will continue to work from home, the publication said citing a government statement. Mantashe remained committed to a course of ensuring security of energy and petroleum products supply to society during this difficult period and beyond, the statement said, adding that this was the minister’s third round of tests since the outbreak of this virus.
South Africa has a reported 298,292 positive cases of COVID-19 of which some 4,346 are fatalities. In the mining sector specifically, 4708 positive cases have been reported and 37 deaths with the most fatalities occurring in the platinum sector 21 followed by gold 11 and coal where some three people have died from the disease. South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Sunday imposed new lockdown measures banning the sale of alcohol and imposing a nighttime curfew in an attempt to reduce the number of non-COVID-19 hospital bed occupancies.