Thursday , March 4 2021

SA probes



South Africa is probing a potential catastrophe lurking beneath the richest city – illegal gold miners are digging and blasting 30 centimeters from gas pipelines beneath some of Johannesburg's most vital infrastructure.

The government has been jolted into action.

Some of the illegal miners are digging right below the 94 000-person capacity FNB Stadium, while others are active in the M1 and M2, the newspaper reported, citing Conel Mackay, the head of Johannesburg's infrastructure-protection unit.

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Most of the old mine workings are illegal. He said Raymond Durrheim, a geoscience professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.

"The mines around Johannesburg are quite shallow and the illegal miners are not taking any precautions," Durrheim said. "Pose a hazard to people."

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A breach of the pipelines would result in a "disaster, with major infrastructure damage," according to Transnet. The state-owned ports and the pipeline operator are not aware of the close.

The pipelines carry highly flammable gas that meths rich in methane, Sasol, which imports gas from Mozambique to South Africa, told the Sunday Times.

Companies are abandoned the sites before they were sold.

"Those things could be absolutely impensitive," he said.

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