The wall of the Paardekraal Dam, outside Rustenburg, North West, has collapsed due to heavy rains in the area.
Residents and motorists in the Paardekraal, Sunrise Park, Popo Molefe, and Boitekong areas have been warned not to cross any bridges because they are already submerged.
A disaster management team from the Rustenburg Local Municipality has been dispatched to the area.
Spokesperson for the Rustenburg Local Municipality Thapelo Matebesi says, “Residents are urged not to cross bridges as water is overflowing above these bridges and it is dangerous to do so. The Rustenburg Municipalities Disaster Management team has been since dispatched to the scene to assess the status of the situation and an incident report will be compiled upon the arrival of the team.”
Rustenburg Municipality in the North West is yet to confirm who owns the Paardekraal Dam. No fatalities have been reported.
Matebesi says none of the mines in the province owns the Dam.
“As for the actual ownership of the Dam, we are yet to confirm the ownership. We are still verifying whether it’s the National department, provincial department, or local authorities. But it does not belong to any of the mining houses or companies.”