Proposed sand mining project opposed

2017-03-08 06:03

A PUBLIC meeting regarding the proposed sand mining project in Illovo was held on February 13 at Mother of Peace (MoP) Illovo, with environmental consultant Senamile Mnguni from Isambulo Environmental Consultants.

The environmentalist did a presentation on the proposed project and said this is only the consultation process. The applicant, Mrs Singh, applied to conduct sand mining at the Illovo River. The owner of the land is Dube Tradeport, and they reportedly have no objection to using the land for sand mining.

The consultation was aimed at getting public participation regarding the proposed project. Represented at the meeting were members of the public, the Rate Payers Asscociation, Illovo Country Club, Toti Conservancy, Mother of Peace, Illovo business Park and Coast Watch.

The public objected to the location and time for the meeting as it was during working hours at Mother of Peace and not all stakeholders could be present.

Stakeholders requested a second meeting be scheduled at a more convenient time. The consultant explained that there is a 30-day objection period, but agreed to be present at the second meeting.

It was suggested the next meeting be held at Toti Brewery to view bird life and how it will be affected.

Coast Watch suggested the application is misleading as the proposed location is not sand mining in the river, but rather, the indicated area is an estuary and according to South African law, one cannot mine an estuary.

It was proposed to have a full birdlife study and concerns were raised about the fish eagle nest in the area. The meeting further debated poor infrastructure and illegal sandmining.

It was decided that a follow-up meeting with greater participation is needed and that the municipality and the applicant should be present at the next meeting.

All affected parties can submit their complaints to Kendal le Roux at Coast Watch to consolidate.

“Coast Watch suggested the
application is misleading as the proposed location is not sand
mining in the river, but rather, the
indicated area is an estuary and according to SA law, one cannot mine an estuary.”

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