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.”

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.


Cute pet pictures can improve your relationship!

It’s true! A new study shows animal pics can bring back the spark.



7 weirdly awesome pets you can own
Pack theory: fact or fiction?
Perfect dog-walking 1: Why dogs pull on the lead
SA stats: The role of pets in families
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.