oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Slimes dams and safety - The draft Code of Practice

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Dam safety regulations promulgated in the late 1980s meant all dams larger than a certain size had to be registered with the Department of Water Affairs . However, mine tailings dams were exempt from the regulations as they related to safety inspections because such dams are so different from water dams. They would need their own safety regulations, it was realised. They were thus exempted from the regulations for five years, with this period later being extended. Then the Merriespruit disaster happened. This forced the issue and the Department of Minerals and Energy handed the task of developing a code of practice to the South African Bureau of Standards.

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