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Junior miners fight for survival in coronavirus storm

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While the mining industry overall was hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, it is junior miners who sustained the heaviest blows – with some fighting to survive as their viability is threatened.

The mining sector ramped up production as lockdown regulations were eased, but emerging miners are adjusting to a “new normal” which is set to test the entrepreneurial mettle of business owners who were already facing tough operating conditions even before the pandemic hit.

“For us, going back to production following the hard lockdown was not as simply as pressing a restart button,” said John-Ernest Fogwell, an executive director at Junior Mining Association.

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