Thursday , May 19 2022

SA believes that the miners mining risk under the Golden City


South Africa looks at a potential disaster hidden under its richest city – illegal gold miners excavate and blow 30 centimeters of gas pipes under some of Johannesburg's most essential infrastructure, raising the risk of explosions.

The government has been implemented after Sunday Times' newspaper reports on the activity that could create inferno.

Some of the flyer miners immediately excavate under the FNB Stadium a 94,000-person capacity, while others are operating under large motorways such as the M1 and M2, the newspaper reported, stating Conel Mackay, head Johannesburg infrastructure protection unit.

Johannesburg lies in the middle of the Witwatersrand basin, a third-source source of all gold produced in the world.

Most of the old mining plants are lower and illegal mining is carried out tens of meters of the surface. What makes the situation even more dangerous is that there is little understanding of illegal operators of underground rock formations, said Raymond Durrheim, a geoscience professor at the University of Witwatersrand.

"The mines around Johannesburg are quite bass and the flyer miners do not take any precautions so there is a risk of demolition and impact on the surface," said Durrheim. "The activities in the area pose a danger to people."

The Mineral Resources Department asked the Geoscience Council to assess if there was any long-term damage to critical infrastructure, he said in a statement.

Cutting the pipelines would lead to "a disaster, with significant damage to the infrastructure," according to Transnet. Ports and pipeline operator owned by the state are not aware of the proximity of illegal miners to infrastructure, which reported the newspaper.

Sasol, who is gas importer from Mozambique to South Africa, has said the Sunday Times has said the most powerful metabolist gas pipelines.

Companies that left the sites decades ago after commercial merchandise may be spoiled sealed some mining openings, but illegal operators are still able to access them and policing is difficult due to the wide area of ​​& # 39; mining occurred, Durrheim said.

"These things could be excavated again, because the companies have done something that is completely unacceptable difficult," he said.

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