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South Africa mine dam collapse highlights patchy regulation

South Africa mine dam collapse highlights patchy regulation

THE collapse of a tailings dam in South Africa earlier this month has put the spotlight on the need for binding global regulations of facilities used to store mining waste, investors and industry leaders said. A dam holding liquid mine waste from a tailings reprocessing operation near the historic Jagersfontein diamond mine in Free State province burst on September 11, releasing a flood of mine slurry that swept away houses and cars, killed one person and injured scores. Two people remain unaccounted for after the dam collapsed, according to the Free State provincial government. The disaster has raised questions about…
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After South African dam collapse, mine waste to be pumped into historical pit

After South African dam collapse, mine waste to be pumped into historical pit

NELSON BANYA and HELEN REID A South African company is dumping the sludgy byproduct of mining into a historical diamond pit after the tailings dam that had stored the waste partially collapsed, killing one and leaving scores injured. The government agency overseeing cultural preservation said on Thursday it approved plans to fill the historic Jagersfontein diamond mining pit with waste from a second compartment of the tailings dam in order to prevent a secondary breach after one compartment of the dam failed. Public documents show Jagersfontein Developments, the company reprocessing old tailings around the disused pit to recover diamonds, has…
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Troubled South African tailings dam had history of high water levels

Troubled South African tailings dam had history of high water levels

NELSON BANYA SOUTH African authorities shut down the Jagersfontein diamond tailings dam in 2020 due to high water levels before allowing it to reopen last year, a company official said, a day after the dam burst, killing at least one person and injuring 40. Sludge flooded out of the tailings dam on Sunday morning, sweeping away houses and cars in Jagersfontein in the Free State province, 514 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg, Tailings dams - large embankments built to store mine waste - have caused numerous environmental disasters, most notably in Brazil in January 2019, when 270 people died after Vale…
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