Glencore Coal promotes health and safety for employees and communities through its vaccination programme

posted: 04/11/2021

Johannesburg, South Africa
November 2021

In its pursuit to support government in getting South Africans vaccinated as part of the fight against COVID-19, Glencore Coal has partnered with the Mpumalanga Department of Health and its wellness service provider, Re-Action, to roll out vaccines at its operations for employees, contractors and nearby community members. The Glencore onsite vaccination programme takes place weekly and is aimed at ensuring access to the vaccine to help reopen the economy and save livelihoods. 

“Now that there is a vaccine available to protect against the virus, we found it vitally important to support government’s mandate to ensure that we get as many South Africans vaccinated as possible. Rolling out the Glencore vaccine programme gives us great hope, and I continue to encourage all our employees, contractors and community members to take full advantage of this opportunity by getting vaccinated as it’s crucial in the fight against COVID-19,” said Glencore Coal CEO, Murray Houston.

The Glencore vaccination programme has been in full effect from the beginning of June 2021 and, to date, 66% of Glencore employees have received a vaccination dose, with 55% being fully vaccinated. Since the beginning of the onsite vaccination campaign, Glencore opened it up to community members, and also made free transport available to shuttle them to their various vaccination sites. 

“Our partnership with the Mpumalanga Department of Health and our wellness partner, Re-Action, has allowed us to continue our efforts in fighting COVID-19 by making vaccines accessible to our employees, contractors and community members,” said Noel Pillay, Glencore Coal’s General Manager for Community and Regulatory Affairs. 

Glencore Coal’s focus is not only on ensuring employees, their families and communities receive the vaccine, but to also increase vaccine acceptance through education and communication. 
Debunking misinformation is essential when it comes to the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. 

Some common myths about the vaccine:  

Myth: The vaccine will alter your DNA 
Fact: The vaccine will not change your DNA. The vaccine contains mRNA (messenger RNA). RNA is the messenger that carries an instruction from the DNA and translates it into protein. After mRNA has performed its function, it gets into the muscle cell and gets degraded. There is no change to the DNA. 

Myth: You can test positive because of the vaccine 
Fact: There is no live virus in the vaccines, so it can’t infect you. The vaccine stimulates our immune system to produce antibodies which fight the virus when it enters your body. 

Myth: 5G Mobile Networks Cause COVID-19 
Fact: 5G Mobile Networks DO NOT Cause COVID-19. Viruses cannot travel on Radio Waves/Mobile networks. COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G Mobile networks.


Glencore’s vaccination programme is in line with their continued commitment to the health and safety of the people within their communities. Since opening up their vaccination sites to community members, Glencore Coal has managed to vaccinate over 1150 community members, and hopes to increase this number as more people avail themselves for vaccination.

For further information please contact:
Shivani Chetram    
t: +27 11 772 0650

Notes for Editors
Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 responsibly sourced commodities that advance everyday life. The Group's operations comprise around 150 mining, metallurgical and oil production assets.
With a strong footprint in over 35 countries in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore's industrial activities are supported by a global network of more than 30 marketing offices. Glencore's customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, battery manufacturing and oil sectors. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore's companies employ around 135,000 people, including contractors.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. We are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Our ambition is to be a net zero total emissions company by 2050.

We began marketing activities in South Africa in 1974, and mining in 1988. Glencore has a strong presence in both the coal and ferroalloy sectors and is a major contributor to the local, provincial, and national economies and have almost 16,800 employees and contractors. We are a leading producer of thermal coal, which is intended for the domestic and export market. Thermal (or “steam”) coal is mainly used in power generation. Our coal operations are located near eMalahleni, Middelburg and Belfast in the Mpumalanga province.

Our Ferroalloys business is one of the world's largest integrated ferrochrome producers. Ferrochrome has anti-corrosive properties and around 80% goes into the production of stainless steel. Our chrome and vanadium operations are located across the mineral-rich Bushveld Complex of South Africa's North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. We are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

The companies in which Glencore plc directly and indirectly has an interest are separate and distinct legal entities. In this document, “Glencore”, “Glencore group” and “Group” are used for convenience only where references are made to Glencore plc and its subsidiaries in general. These collective expressions are used for ease of reference only and do not imply any other relationship between the companies.  Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” are also used to refer collectively to members of the Group or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies.