• Short Summary

    WORK IS GOING ON NIGHT AND DAY AT THE SOUTH AFRICAN WEST DRIEFONTEIN GOLD MIN IN THE TRANSVAAL TO FILL THE GREAT CRATER LEFT BY LAST WEEK'S DISASTER SUBSIDENCE.

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    WORK IS GOING ON NIGHT AND DAY AT THE SOUTH AFRICAN WEST DRIEFONTEIN GOLD MIN IN THE TRANSVAAL TO FILL THE GREAT CRATER LEFT BY LAST WEEK'S DISASTER SUBSIDENCE. EXPERTS ON THE SITE ESTIMATE THAT THE HOLE CAN BE FILLED WITHIN A MONTH. THE MINE IS THE RICHEST OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD - IT'S NOW ALSO THE GRAVE OF 34 MINES ENTOMBED UNDER THE THOUSANDS OF TONS OF EARTH.

    THE DISASTER CAME WITHOUT WARNING. IN A SECOND THE EARTH CAVED IN AND INTO IT COLLAPSED A CRUSHING PLANT AND THE MINERS WORKING INSIDE. THE SHOCK, SOUNDING LIKE AN EXPLOSION, BROKE WATER MAINS AND SOON THE UNLEASHED SUPPLY FLOODED THE HELL HOLE.

    THE WORK OF SEALING THE MINE IS A GIGANTIC OPERATION - HALF A MOUNTAIN OF MINE-DUMP ROCK IS BEING SHIFTED TO FREE CRATER. THE MEN EMPLOYED ON THE JOB FIRST HAD TO CARVE A ROAD UP THROUGH THE DUMP AND START TO SHIFT THE LOOSE ROCK FROM THE TOP DOWN TO A CONVEYOR BELT WHICH CARRIES THE ROCK OVER THE LIP OF THE CRATER AT THE RATE OF ABOUT 800 TONS AN HOUR.

    THE MEN ARE EXPERTS AT THIS KIND OF HEAVY SHIFTING WORK - BUT THEY HAVE NEVER BEFORE WORKED ON SUCH AN ASSIGNMENT. IT TAKES A LOT OF NERVE TO DRIVE BULLDOZERS SO NEAR THE EDGE OF THE MINE DUMP AND IT TOOK A LOT OF NERVE ALSO TO RIG UP THE CONVEYOR BELT UP TO THE EDGE OF THE GAPING CRATER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACLUDB3EXI5Q2B2X9RXUSV0LI0
    Media URN:
    VLVACLUDB3EXI5Q2B2X9RXUSV0LI0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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