by Charmaine Ngatjiheue
A worker at Dundee Precious Metals at Tsumeb has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The company’s vice president and managing director Zebra Kasete announced this in an internal communique issued Monday.
Kasete said the employee was on site prior to being tested in Windhoek and is currently in the capital in an isolation facility.
Kasete reassured all employees that the Dundee’s emergency response protocol was immediately initiated and that contact tracing has commenced.
“All employees who worked in close contact with the infected employee are currently receiving necessary support including emotional support. Employee safety and that of the local community are the Company’s first priority. Everyone who worked directly with the infected employee are to be tested and self-quarantine for seven days, subject to the government imposed requirements,” he said.
In addition to taking the necessary precaution, and following the required protocol including the company’s Covid-19 management and response plan, the company has since March 2020, implemented, work-from-home-options where possible, and increased the frequency of disinfecting all offices, buses and common areas as well as screening all employees, contractors and visitors.