Silo collapse: 'Mountains' of seeds to be recovered after probe

2015-12-04 14:01
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

PICS: Mass silo collapse in Swellendam

Fourteen silos holding about 11 500 tons of canola seeds have collapsed in Swellendam. View pics of the collapse here.

Cape Town - An estimated 11 500 tons of canola seeds in 14 silos that collapsed at the Sentraal-Suid Koöperasie agricultural co-operative in Swellendam will be recovered once a Department of Labour investigation into the incident has been completed, the company said on Friday.

CEO Ernst Pelser said the inquiry was "normal practice" to check for further structural problems and that the area was safe to enter.

"Until then, everything remains closed," he said.

The steel structures were about 20 years old and had been filled to the brim when they started collapsing "like dominoes" at about 08:30 on Tuesday morning.

The seeds were being stored for the adjacent Southern Oils, which manufactures B-well Canola oil.

No one was injured.

Pelser said eight silos were still standing.

The cause of the collapse was unclear, but once the departmental investigation was completed, a team of engineers and assessors would probe the incident further and recover the seeds, he said.

Mountains of canola seeds, which Pelser previously told News24 could be up to 30m high, covered the area where the silos once stood.

Alternative storage space is available at SSK's Ashton silos, while silo bags will be used to store the rest.

Pelser said they were unable yet to confirm how much the "disaster" would cost the company.

Read more on:    cape town

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.