Where are all the Councillors of the Metro Tshwane? An estimated 300 000 people in the East of Pretoria won’t have access to running water for the foreseeable future – and who is responsible for that? Where are the management, the engineers, the plumbers, the health inspectors, etc? Do those 300 000 pay for any services? If they did, then why must they pay for no water or sanitation? All over South Africa as well. A part of the diamond mine collapsed in Cullinan during 2019 and has added to their woes. An how is it possible that this mine (tweet) is in charge or the owner, of the water to the citizens and not the municipality or the Government Gauteng.
It never rains but it pours in Pretoria (ons het dit “staatsdiensreen voor 1994” genoem). And if you walk in the streets you will see the unemployed and illegals also living on the streets and pouring in from other countries like in all cities, the government is responsible for that as well the crime and killings.
Therefore, they will face not only one problem, but huge problems to all the cities of South Africa.
Where did all the money go since 1994, to do maintenance and do replacements – or is it like the dust in the air and is this area of the mine, really safe?
After contending with the scourge of floods and torrential weather , the city is fighting against a water crisis. Why now and wait until the last moment, when there is nothing left to drink? Areas to the east of the city and other places are facing the prospect of no running water “until next year or two”, but things could soon get worse, not for the whole Gauteng metro but for most cities in South Africa.
What happened to all the infrastructure and maintenance that has not been done, who is responsible for that? There are lack of services but most municipalities have B-BBEE people that receive income but they can not handle the maintenance of their infrastructure.
Same happened to all SOEs as well. Sabotage?
No power, no water, no food is the road of Zimbabwe.
Previously – about Cullinan mine
Question – were there any health and safety reports about the mine and investigation regarding this?
The southern pit wall at the Petra Diamonds Mine in Cullinan collapsed and the local CPF group have provided the following information:
“Petra Diamonds Mine observed an acceleration in the displacement of the southern pit sidewall, away from the residential area, in the area directly north of the batching plant (area hatched in green in the attached figure). This area of the pit sidewall was destabilised and slumped after the wedge failure of 28 October.”
“Measurements from the pit monitoring system indicates expected failure is imminent. It is estimated that this will occur within the next 24 to 48 hours. The magnitude of the expected failure will be significant (several million tonnes) which is expected to create a significant dust plume.”
Magalies Water CEO Sandile Mkhize told SABC that construction is underway to build a temporary extraction point, acting as an artificial replacement for the destroyed infrastructure. However, with an eight-month rebuilding job on the horizon, residents will still face long periods of water shortages.
Read this with the so-called “democratic constitution”. Who made the promises in 1994 until now?
WATER IS A HUMAN RIGHT (international)
Eight weeks is 2 months it’s still very long time to go without running water is not like at rural area.
Thanks for that but 8 weeks. They have make arrangements to see that there is always somebody at home to wait for the tanker. Eight weeks is very long time.
Some places do not have electricity at all
ALL THE NOTICES
IS THIS FROM THE WATER PIPELINE OWNER?
Petra Diamonds evacuated the Cullinan Mine earlier this week following a thunderstorm over the weekend that led to an open pit wall collapsing. No one was hurt in the incident and the miner said it does not expect production to be affected. Mining at the open pit was discontinued over 50 years ago. During the incident approximately 3 million tons of material fell into the open pit, which resulted in a large plume of dust being generated. Petra said the dust had some effect on the local community and also entered the underground areas.
As a precautionary measure, all employees were evacuated while an underground team of ventilation specialists and proto team members carried out an underground inspection and declared the mine to be safe. Petra said it does not foresee any risk to the larger community. “We will take whatever steps are necessary, including the engagement of external technical specialists if required, to better understand this incident and any impact on future pit stability,”said Richard Duffy, Petra chief executive.
The safety of our employees and surrounding communities continues to remain our key focus. Our meetings with our partners in government, labor unions and the community earlier today were very constructive and their valued input is appreciated.”
PRODUCTION would be disrupted for a day at Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine, east of Pretoria, following a “scaling” incident at the mine’s open pit section, but the company did not anticipate a significant impact on output numbers.
Petra has guided to full year production of about 3.8 million carats.
Scaling, normally used to refer to the removal of loose rock from a mine roof or wall, occurred over the weekend following a thunderstorm. An estimated three million tons of rock collapsed into the Cullinan open pit creating a plume of cloud that extended to underground areas of the mine where Petra is operating.
Mining of the open pit stopped 50 years ago. However, the wall deterioration will be a safety and environmental concern for the company.
“We will take whatever steps are necessary, including the engagement of external technical specialists if required, to better understand this incident and any impact on future pit stability,” said Richard Duffy, CEO of Petra.
“The safety of our employees and surrounding communities continues to remain our key focus. Our meetings with our partners in government, labour unions and the community earlier today were very constructive and their valued input is appreciated,” he said.
Petra said it had met with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) as well as unions with the outcome being that the mine “… is being disrupted for approximately one day in order to give management the opportunity to thoroughly inspect the underground workings for any anomalies and to complete a risk assessment before allowing operations to continue”.
The nearest Cullinan community is on the south eastern corner of the pit and ongoing monitoring of the pit walls show no unusual movement, said Petra. “As a result, we do not foresee any risk to the larger community,” the company said.
Shares in Petra were largely unaffected by the announcement, but the company has endured a rough ride. On a 12-month basis, the share is 79% weaker as prices for diamonds have fallen at a time the company needs cash flow in order to lower debt.