Illegal miners tunnelling near Joburg fuel pipes could cause explosion

According to the Sunday Times, parts of Johannesburg are at risk due to illegal miners tunnelling close to fuel and gas pipes.

It has been reported that Sasol and Transnet raised alarm about this situation and key parts of the city are under threat of collapse due to 140 kilometres of new and existing tunnels dug by illegal miners beneath Johannesburg.

READ:Illegal mining costing city millions warns Joburg mayor

Head of Johannesburg’s Infrastructure Protection Unit Conel Mackay says Johannesburg faces a disaster beyond imagination.

He adds that there are fuel lines running around the FNB Stadium and if anything was to happen to those lines an area of around 300 square meters would be incinerated.

The number could go beyond 800 meters and depending on the weather on that day the fire could move elsewhere.

Conel Mackay, Head of Johannesburg’s Infrastructure Protection Unit

He adds that this situation is quite serious and the effects could be quite devastating.

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