Silo collapse: Investigation will follow safety plan

Earlier this week, 14 silos collapsed at the Sentraal-Suid Kooperasie in Swellendam.

Fourteen silos collapsed in Swellendam. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Swellendam company says the investigation into the cause of the collapse of 14 silos will only start once a safety plan has been implemented.

Earlier this week, the massive containers collapsed at the Sentraal-Suid Kooperasie, spilling close to 12,000 tonnes of canola seeds.

The company's chief operating officer Henk de Beer says they're first trying to salvage undamaged seeds before a team can investigate.

"The Department of Labour, the engineers that we appointed, as well as the council of engineers and our insurers are involved. At this stage, we're setting up a safety claim to recover the canola and as soon as that is finished, we will start with the process itself."

The collapse has resulted in structural damage worth R30 to R50 million.