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BANGS AND BLASTS BRING HOUSES DOWN

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HOMEOWNERS are upin arms claiming mining operation blasts cause cracks in their houses.LMA_Floods in Kagiso_008_360x240_B

The community is demanding that Mintails stop its activities before their houses are totally destroyed.

They also complained about the rubble on the road.

One community member, Danny Pilane, told Daily Sun: “We don’t understand how these people got the right to mine here.

“The mine is less than 200m from our houses and every time there is a blast our houses shake and crack.

This is going to leave us with no houses at some point.”

He said the loud noise of the blasts makes children cry.

General manager of operations, Jan Jacobs, told Daily Sun it wasn’t the mining blasts that damaged their houses.

“On 28 November, a massive hailstorm caused severe damage to the area,” he said.

“However, residents have invaded the mining area twice.

“On 29 November, 150 Kagiso residents damaged equipment and threatened the lives of employees.

“On 14 December approximately 350 Kagiso residents invaded the mining area again, burned a diamond core drill, stoned the dump trucks and once again threatened the lives of our employees.

“Two blasts took place that day at 8am and 5pm, which were small compared to the 20ton explosive waste blasts that we do from time to time,” he said.

He said all blasts are designed by a blast engineer with regular inspections.

“On 18 December we met with the Kagiso community to talk about the outcome of our investigation. But the meeting quickly turned aggressive and we were forced to leave,” he said.

Jacobs said the claims were an attempt to get Mintails to buy out the badly built properties and provide relief for hail damage.

As for the rubble next to the road, “it is a safety berm installed to reduce the impact of noise on the nearby community, but also to discourage unauthorised people from entering the mining area”.

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