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Building collapse: Death toll rises to 9

Rescue teams are working to free several people still trapped beneath the rubble of the collapsed building.

Paramedics and police at the scene of a building collapse in Meyersdal on 18 of August 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Rescue teams are working to free several people still trapped beneath the rubble of a building collapse at the Meyersdal Eco Estate in Alberton.

Paramedics say the death toll from today's building collapse has now risen to nine with several others believed to be trapped beneath the rubble.

Emergency services are still involved with the rescue operations and the families are yet to be informed.

Earlier, there were conflicting reports on the death toll with emergency services saying eight people had died while the Meyersdal Eco Estate reported two fatalities.

The building came down on the group of people during construction earlier today.

Ekurhuleni Emergency Services say around 24 people were working at the site but couldn't confirm whether or not they were all in the building when it collapsed.

All pictures by EWN.