Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Keorapetse raises concerns over earth tremors in Phikwe

Selebi Phikwe West MP Dithapelo Keorapetse has raised concerns about recent earth tremors in the former mining town. Keorapetse asked the Minister of Minerals, Lefoko Moagi, last week to provide clarity on the nature, extent, and causes of the tremors. Moagi shed light on the situation, outlining the government’s response and future plans.

The tremors, akin to those experienced in 2019-2020, have sparked fears among residents, tourists, and visitors. Addressing the issue, the Minister highlighted that the tremors are mining-induced, primarily emanating from the South East shaft. He attributed the tremors to the flooding of voids, leading to increased pore pressure and subsequent rock bursts.

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