AngloGold Ashanti confirms 196 asymptomatic workers positive of coronavirus at S. African’s Mponeng mine.


AngloGold Ashanti in an update of the coronavirus cases at Mponeng mine has announced completion of a testing process and contact tracing at the mine in South Africa on Monday.

Listed third top gold mining companies which produced 106.1 tonnes of gold in 2018, AngloGold Ashanti has completed a full process of tests from the covid-19 testing initiative at Mponeng, with 651 tests completed and processed, yielding 196 positive cases, the gold miner said in a statement.

According to the AngloGold Ashanti, which also operates two wholly mines in Ghana, the Mponeng mine, the deepest in the world is temporarily shut since last week following the detection of the first workers found positive of the coronavirus.

The miner which owns the largest capital listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange (about USD 3.364 Billion) stated that in the vast majority of the cases, the individuals were asymptomatic, with a balance showing very mild symptoms.

It added that all positive cases continue to be isolated in line with national health protocols, with on-site isolation facilities available for those who may need them.

The Mponeng mine will remain closed until further notice said management in agreement with its medical team which are working closely with the regional health authorities in joint efforts to slow the rate of infection.

AngloGold Ashanti which production endures a 9.16% fall-off in 2019 may encounter a new drop over the 2020 gold production.

The mine closure tends to enable contact tracing, further engagement with all relevant stakeholders, and deep cleaning and sanitisation of workplaces and key infrastructure.

AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi mine in Ghana was shut down for about 2 years when placed on care and maintenance from 2016. It has poured its first gold just only in December 2019.


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