Updated: Second dam burst at Jagersfontein mine denied by owner

A vehicle overturned after a mining dam burst on September 13, 2022 in Jagersfontein, South Africa. People are trying to recover their belongings and cleaning their houses. Search and rescue teams are still searching for 2 missing persons. One person is confirmed dead. (Photo by Gallo Images/Alet Pretorius)

A SECOND dam burst at the Jagersfontein diamond mine in South Africa’s Free State, according to a report by BusinessLive citing eNCA, a broadcaster.

However, the report has been contradicted by mine owner Jagersfontein Developments which told Reuters: “There has been no further breach of any kind at the facility”. The reports about a further collapse are “unfounded and untrue”, it said

The burst, reportedly on Tuesday evening, released water on this occasion. A dam containing tailings burst at the mine September 11 killing two people and washing away homes in the nearby Charlesville residential area.

Speaking to eNCA, the mayor of the Kopanong area‚ Xolani Tseletsele said the incident occurred about 9pm.

“What [the mine officials] have told me is that due to the rains we suffered in the last two days‚ the dam burst but it was only water. I am from site now and had a physical look at it. There is no more [water] flow to the community, but what the incident has done is that it has brought back the panic to the community,” said Tseletsele.

No damage or loss of life was reported in the latest incident, but it comes five days after the provincial government committed to rebuilding the lives of those who lost their homes and land in the September 11 disaster, said eNCA.

In an update on the steps it has taken to assist those affected‚ the office of the premier said the search and rescue mission for two people unaccounted for is still under way, the broadcaster said.