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Jagersfontein Developments Tailings Dam update - 13 September 2022

The tailings dam in Jagersfontein remained stable overnight and operations to pump the remaining waste from the treatment facility has commenced as restoration efforts continue at the site.

Jagersfontein Developments’ priority remains the safety and health of the community and returning them to their homes and livelihoods. Water has been largely restored to the town, a major step towards readying the company for clean-up operations.

The company’s R20m fund is being put to work for displaced residents, providing food parcels, necessary supplies, and settling medical and hospital bills since the collapse of the dam on Sunday.

Although mining operations in the town have been dormant for many years and were not undertaken by Jagersfontein Developments, the treatment facility, which it does own has been a viable and functioning plant. As such, it has been subjected to regular maintenance, compliance checks, and has been processing the dormant diamond mine waste legally.

Jagersfontein Developments employs 70% of its workforce from the surrounding community. As such, it is committed to restoring operations and the town to continue providing incomes for these families.

While it is too early to establish any reason for the collapse, the company has appointed an independent investigation team to understand the facts.

Work continues on site today.

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