Dam wall collapses at Sibanye Still Waters mine in Rustenburg

November 9, 2022 0 By Cypher9ja



There has been yet another dam wall collapse, this time at the Sibanye Still Waters mine in Rustenburg.

The Rustenburg Municipality in the North West province issued the alert early on Wednesday morning.

“This communique serves to urgently notify residents in general, pedestrians and motorists alike, that, the dam wall has collapsed at Sibanye Still Waters mine due to current continuous heavy rains.”

Affected areas

It said the directly affected communities include

Warning

Rustenburg Municipality spokesperson Thapelo Matebesi has urged residents to take precautions.

“Residents are urged not to cross bridges as water is flowing above them, because it is dangerous to do so. The Rustenburg Local Municipality’s Disaster Management Team has been dispatched to the scene. Situation report will be compiled upon arrival of the team.”

“Meanwhile, the levels of other bridges, namely: Manuka bridge, Ben Marais bridge, and many other low bridges, need constant monitoring,” he said.

Matebesi said residents will notified with updates as they unfold on social media platforms, radio stations and Customer Care Centre.

No injurues have been reported.

Jaggersfontein

The Sibanye Still Waters mine dam wall collapse comes after Residents of Charlesville in the small town of Jagersfontein, Free State, were woken to mudslides caused by mine tailings after a dam burst on 11 September.

The hazardous mudslide left 300 displaced, loss of lives and livestock and damage to infrastructure and properties.

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