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joburgcityBusinessLive reports that Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has reiterated calls for a crackdown on illegal mining, which he said posed a threat to the Nasrec precinct.  

The FNB sports stadium could eventually collapse as a result of illegal mining in the area‚ Mashaba warned last week.  He said he had written to national authorities to alert them to the risks posed by explosives used in illegal mining, but the City had not received feedback from national government on a matter which could ultimately lead to the loss of hundreds of lives.  "Investigations have revealed that if illegal mining activity continues within these old mining shafts‚ the entire FNB Nasrec precinct‚ including the iconic FNB stadium‚ could go down in ruins as a result of unstable earth directly underneath the area," Masaba indicated.  He highlighted the following issues: an increased risk to the communities and services that are located near gas and fuel pipelines; the contamination of the city’s water supply; tremors‚ which threaten the structural integrity of roads‚ adjacent residential communities and businesses; and explosives have compromised the pillars that support decommissioned mines‚ placing additional risk on the physical structure upon which the pipelines rest.

  • Read this report in full at BusinessLive
  • See too, Illegal mining threatens Johannesburg infrastructure, warns Mashaba, at Mining Weekly


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