03:46 GMT +316 December 2018
Listen Live
    A man watches the sun set in as he overlooks the skyline in Johannesburg, South Africa

    Explosive Situation: Johannesburg’s Future Threatened by Illegal Miners

    © AP Photo / Themba Hadebe
    Africa
    Get short URL
    190

    As miners frequently blast rock mere centimeters away from fuel and gas pipelines, experts warn that if one of these pipes encounters is set off and explodes, everything within a 300-meter radius would be incinerated.

    Illegal miners operating beneath Johannesburg have apparently managed to create a recipe for disaster for the South African capital due to their methods.

    According to the Sunday Times, the miners actively employ explosives to blast rock beneath the city, often performing such activities in close proximity to gas and fuel lines.

    "Should one of those lines be damaged, experts say, everything within a 300-meter radius will be incinerated," the newspaper warns.

    As MyBroadband news website notes, the national government "appears to have done little to address the issue," despite Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashama asking for assistance as some mining blasts reportedly took place as close as 30cm from Transnet pipelines.

    "God forbid something happens because the disaster management teams will stand no chance in trying to control it," he said.

    Related:

    'To the Rescue': Russian Activist Travels to South Africa to Help Boer Minority
    South Africa Wants to Get Veto Power in UN Security Council - Foreign Minister
    Israeli Students in South Africa Take a Knee to Support Palestinians - Reports
    Tags:
    illegal, mining, danger, threat, Johannesburg, South Africa
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik