South African mining production plunged by half in April.
Statistics South Africa published its overview of mining production and sales for April, providing insight into how the lockdown affected the wider mining industry.
The fall in production was largest in iron ore, which fell by 68.7%. Production of platinum group minerals was down by 62%, gold fell by 59.6% and manganese ore by 57%.
Mineral sales, meanwhile, decreased by 28.3% year-on-year in April.
In the first half of April many South African mines, with the exception of coal mines supplying power utility,Eskom were shut down or placed under care and maintenance in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus and were allowed to continue operating at reduced capacity.
As a result annual coal production only decreased by 9.1% in April.
Read the Full Preliminary Report Here: Mining: Production and sales, April 2020.