Terrorism – Arson – Optimum Mine sustained millions in damages after a devastating fire set the mine’s conveyor belts alight on Sunday, 15 September 2019. What about all the pollution in the air and water? Wie doen sulke dinge aan hul eie land? Vernietiging – nie net van infrastrukture nie, maar ook hier kan duidelik gesien word hoeveel skade word ons wat almal bygedra het tot die voorsiening van infrastrukture.
Its unclear how the fire started but many spectators of the devastation believe it was sabotage.
According to initial reports, the fire started right next to the conveyor belts in the grass and spread onto the mine grounds. Thick clouds of suffocating black smoke rose into the air as the fire spread all along Optimum’s conveyor line.
Fire fighters had their hands full to contain the fire which spread rapidly along the rubber conveyor line. The mine has been out of production for months and only payments to Eskom and security at the mine is presently being paid.
Thousands of disgruntled Optimum miners haven’t received any salaries since November last year.
Business rescue practitioners, Louis Klopper and Kurt Knoop, could nor be reached for comment. It remains unclear whether Optimum’s insurance is up to date and what the exact damages are.
ARSON AND TERRORISM
A devastating fire ripped through Optimum’s conveyor belt system, sending up clouds of suffocating smoke. The Mine has been under business rescue and thousands of miners have not yet been paid their salaries, resulting in the speculation that the fire was an act of arson.
Optimum Colliery burns …. South Africa
Optimum Coal Mine in Middelburg, Mpumalanga went up in flames after a fire set the mine’s coal conveyor belts alight on Sunday. Damages are estimated at R15-R20 million at this stage.
The Optimum Coal Mine in Middelburg, Mpumalanga went up in smoke after a conveyor belt caught alight. The Gupta owned mine went into business rescue in February last year.