Illegal sand mining continues

2017-07-26 06:01
A truck uses the illegal crossing built over the Illovo River, with Toti Conservancy’s LauraTaylor looking on.

A truck uses the illegal crossing built over the Illovo River, with Toti Conservancy’s LauraTaylor looking on.

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CONCERNED Mid Illovo residents and environmentalists have had to cancel their planned demonstration against illegal sand mining at the Illovo River bridge.

Meanwhile, the illegal crossing built over the river last week is now complete and is in use by the illegal sand miners. Dozens of trucks are now using the illegal drift crossing and these are not only sand-mining trucks, but also delivery companies.

The community held a meeting two weeks ago to discuss the way forward. However, on the same day, the Illovo Business Park manager was approached by a representative of the sand miners who claimed he was there to speak on behalf of all the sand miners.

The man reportedly told the park manager that he had heard there was going to be a demonstration.

He said if people organised a demonstration, they would be met by members of their own community with force and burning tyres. He added that they would continue with their mining activities.

As a result, the meeting decided against a demonstration and to get the authorities to assist them instead.

It was decided that the best approach would be to interdict the Department of Environmental Affairs, police services, and other relevant authorities through a high-court order.

Dube Trade Port, the owner of the land in question, has also been approached and has also been addressing the issues with the authorities.

 

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