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Cape Town - The largest source of sand for the building industry in the Western Cape was attacked by arsonists shortly after 11pm last night.
Two diggers and one excavator sustained serious fire damage at the SSB sand mine in Macassar, off Baden Powell Drive. Metro fire fighters brought the blaze under control.
“Arson is suspected and it appears as though entry was forced into the precinct,” said Theo Layne, the city’s fire chief.
“We have handed the matter over to the police for investigation.”
The mine, which is also Cape Town’s closest source of industrial sand, is owned by Afrisam.
Managers at the site refused to comment on last night’s attack and referred media queries to the company’s regional manager, Ashley Adams.
Sand from the site is used in the production of cement which Afrisam supplies to the construction industry.
Adams said the precinct where the attack occurred was secure.
He said police had been allowed full access to conduct an investigation on the site.