Stocks & Stocks built Majuba’s collapsed silo

2014-11-16 15:00

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A familiar name has emerged as the company behind the collapsed silo at Eskom’s Majuba Power Station: Stocks & Stocks Civils.

It built the silos at Majuba in 1994. According to Eskom, the silo that collapsed earlier this month had the capacity to store 10?000 tons of coal and had a life span of 50 years.

Richard Saxby, who headed Stocks when the silo was built, did not respond to questions.

Eskom said samples would be taken from the rubble to investigate the possible cause of the collapse.

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said the investigation was multidimensional and evidence needed to be corroborated.

“As such, it is totally inappropriate to report on individual steps.”

Salani Sithole, civil and operations manager at Majuba at the time the silos were constructed, said the design of the three silos was “more or less” similar, but the silo that had collapsed was feeding coal to the power station and to the other two silos.

It worked harder because it was the main receiver of coal from stockyards.

Etzinger said Eskom was quantifying the insurance claim for the silo collapse, which would be submitted to in-house insurer Escap.

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