More than a dozen Swellendam silos cave in

The structures caved at the Sentraal-Suid Koöperasie earlier today.

About 12,000 tonnes of canola was spilled in the Swellendam silo collapse. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant.

CAPE TOWN - Fourteen silos containing canola have collapsed in Swellendam in the Western Cape.

The structures caved at the Sentraal-Suid Koƶperasie earlier today, spilling an estimated 12,000 tonnes of canola.

There are no reports of injuries.

General Manager Henk de Beer says the cause of the collapse is being investigated.

"One collapsed and that caused a domino effect. Luckily and very fortunately no one was hurt, no one died, so we are fortunate but it is a big loss and the cost involved is enormous."