(Bloomberg) — A dam at South Africa’s deserted Jagersfontein diamond mine collapsed early Sunday, triggering heavy flooding that broken property and killed at the least three individuals.
About 9 homes had been swept away and greater than 20 broken by flood waters after the dam wall of the historic mine collapsed, Nathi Shabangu, a spokesman the Division of Mineral Assets and Vitality mentioned by way of SMS.
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The mine in South Africa’s Free State province, previously owned by De Beers Plc, was shut within the Seventies.
The dam collapse additionally resulted within the lack of energy within the small city of Jagersfontein, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Bloemfontein, the regional capital, and different close by townships. Floodwaters and dust reduce off Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd’s entry to a key electrical substation. The utility is working to revive provides, it mentioned in a press release.
The mine’s dumps and slime nonetheless “belong” to De Beers and the federal government’s entry has been restricted by a court docket order, Shabangu mentioned. “We even have experiences that the mine has been bought to different events, with out the involvement of the DMRE as per the court docket order,” he mentioned.
Minerals Council South Africa, a mining business lobbying group, mentioned the reason for the dam collapse was unknown.
The Jagersfontein property should not presently owned by any of its members, and it has no details about the possession construction or the usual of administration of the dumps, the group mentioned in a press release.