The Fiji Times » Free State of South Africa backtracks on declaration of dam collapse

(Reuters) – The provincial government of South Africa’s Free State has mistakenly said a second wall at the Jagersfontein mine waste dam collapsed two weeks after the dam breach killed a woman. person and injured dozens, an official said on Wednesday.

After heavy rains, water flowed from a separate freshwater dam at the site, creating the impression of a second collapse, the official said, when it was actually a an ooze.

“There is no imminent danger to life or property, this seepage has been contained,” Mbulelo Nokwequ, head of the small business, development, tourism and environmental affairs department, told Reuters. Free State.

The provincial government issued a press release late Tuesday saying another wall of the mine dam had collapsed.

Jagersfontein Developments, which owns the dam, said Wednesday there were “no other breaches of any kind.”

The collapse of the tailings dam on September 11 triggered a flood of gray mud that washed away homes and cars, polluted rivers and damaged 2,615 hectares of pasture, according to government estimates.

Nokwequ said videos of overflowing water on the site were circulating on social media, causing panic, before the government released its statement.

“Naturally there would have been a kind of panic, because the people who are there are still recovering from the trauma of what happened on September 11, there is always this feeling of unease,” he said. he said, adding however that the government must improve its communication.

A provincial government spokeswoman said an updated statement would be released.

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