Benoni dam leak repairs will cost millions: mayor

The scene of a partial dam wall collapse in Benoni where Ekurhuleni municipality workers are diverting water from the hole.

File: The scene of a partial dam wall collapse in Benoni where Ekurhuleni municipality workers are diverting water from the hole.

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BENONI - Danger has been averted at the Benoni dam where a wall caved in, according to Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina.

He's revealed it will cost millions to repair the wall but says a complete refurbishment is planned.

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Masina said, "this is quite an expensive exercise but it has to be done because there are a lot of human lives that could potentially be lost here if we don't do the work that we've done so far.

"We are unable at this point to quantify rand and cent terms how much we have been able to spend from the high volume of diesel to the personal, it's over a hundred people working here on a 24-hour basis."

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Masina says the project will take at least four months to complete.

The city will now start checking and maintaining the structures to avoid future incidents.

Bunyan road and the adjacent N12 highway offramp near the dam is remaining closed to motorists until it's declared safe.

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