Massive slope failure at mine

This slope failure holds mo danger for motorists using the Thabazimbi-Northam road.
This slope failure holds mo danger for motorists using the Thabazimbi-Northam road.

THABAZIMBI – Kumba Iron Ore experiences slope failure at Thabazimbi mine Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American confirms a high wall failure at its Thabazimbi mine.
The failure was caused by movement in the high wall and was monitored since detection on Tuesday, 2 June 2015. The area had been barricaded and made inaccessible from the time of detection. All operations in this pit were suspended as part of the safety measures taken following the increased movement on the impacted high wall area.
In the early hours of Saturday morning on 6 June 2014, the high wall failed, magnitude went further than predicted covering some equipment. The secondary impact of the slope failure was the ejection of water from the pit, which exceeded the catchment volumes of our storm water catchment, and flowed into the Crocodile River. The evacuation was early enough and no lives were lost. Damage to mining equipment can not be determined at this stage of the investigation.
All access roads to this pit remain closed to safeguard employees and further communication will be issued pending further detail revealed by the investigation. Kumba is working closely with all stakeholders to investigate the extent and impact of the failure on the business and the environment. Actions to address the situation as quickly and successfully as possible are underway.