Selebi-Phikwe earth tremor increases

BCL Mine. PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG
BCL Mine. PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG

The Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Eric Molale says earth tremors in Selebi-Phikwe have lately increased in intensity and frequency.

Speaking at the Parliament yesterday, Molale said the first earth tremors were felt and reported in December last year.  They were the first of such incidence since BCL went into liquidation. He however pointed out that his Ministry commissioned an independent investigation using a joint team of local and South African consultants with the view to determine the location and cause of the tremors, and understand their nature and effect.

“The investigation is anticipated to conclude this month and final results will be available no later than September 2019. The Ministry will continue to monitor the incidences beyond the investigation period. Preliminary results show that the majority of the incidents are happening beyond 980 metres below ground level,” he said.

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