Sandy Bay being 'stripped bare' of sand

2013-07-14 14:00

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Johannesburg - Cape Town's nudist beach Sandy Bay is losing sand, The Sunday Times reported.

"Due to extensive urbanisation and development in Hout Bay, the historical sand-transport system has been irrevocably changed," Garreth Bloor, the city mayoral committee member for economic, environmental and spatial planning told the newspaper.

"As a result Sandy Bay will have less sand, which is evident in photographs from the 1930s."

This week, he said the city council was planning to transport 25 000m³ of sand from Hout Bay to a ridge above Sandy Bay where winds would hopefully blow it into the beach.

Sandy Bay is usually supplied with sand from a dune belt linking it to Hout Bay.

However, Hout Bay RatePayers Association chairperson Len Swimmer suggested the situation - whereby Sandy Beach is now losing sand and Hout Bay is accumulating too much of it - had been caused by housing developments.

"The sand has been blocked by development that should never have happened," said Swimmer.

Marine geophysicist Michael MacHutcheon - who is part of a team conducting underwater seismic tests around the Cape - said they hoped to survey how sand moves across the peninsula - and suggest ways to solve some of the problems where it was being blocked.

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