A dam at South Africa’s deserted Jagersfontein diamond mine collapsed early Sunday, triggering heavy flooding that broken belongings and killed a minimum of 3 folks.
About 9 properties have been swept away and greater than 20 broken by means of flood waters after the dam wall of the historical mine collapsed, Nathi Shabangu, a spokesman the Division of Mineral Assets and Power stated by the use of SMS.
The mine in South Africa’s Unfastened State province, previously owned by means of De Beers, was once close within the Nineteen Seventies.
The dam cave in additionally resulted within the lack of energy within the small the city of Jagersfontein, about 100 km from Bloemfontein, the regional capital, and different close by townships. Floodwaters and dirt bring to a halt Eskom Holdings’ get admission to to a key electric substation. The application is operating to revive provides, it stated in a observation.
The mine’s dumps and slime nonetheless “belong” to De Beers and the federal government’s get admission to has been limited by means of a courtroom order, Shabangu stated. “We even have experiences that the mine has been offered to different events, with out the involvement of the DMRE as in line with the courtroom order,” he stated.
Minerals Council South Africa, a mining trade lobbying crew, stated the reason for the dam cave in was once unknown.
The Jagersfontein belongings don’t seem to be recently owned by means of any of its contributors, and it has no details about the possession construction or the usual of control of the dumps, the gang stated in a observation.