Sand-mining petition handed in

2017-03-22 06:03

CONCERNED members of the community handed in a petition against the proposed legal sand mining project on the Illovo River.

“We, the undersigned people of the community, noting the damage that is being done to the environment of the Illovo River by sand mining, much of which is illegal, and further noting the recent application by Multi Sand Plant Hire CC for a permit to mine sand on the south bank of the river, in the area of Mother of Peace (MoP), demand the following from the various authorities in charge of this activity:

“That hence forward no sand mining be allowed downstream of the old bridge, that illegal sand mining on the Illovo River be stopped and the miners be compelled to rehabilitate the areas they have damaged; and that future sand mining on this river be done legally in an environmentally correct manner.”

The petition was signed by 76 complainants, endorsed by Toti Conservancy, Amanzimtoti Canoe Club and Illovo Business Park and will be forwarded to the provincial Department of Environmental Affairs, the Department of Water and Sanitation, the Department of Mineral Resources, the eThekwini Department of Environmental Planning and the consultant for the sand mining applicant.

Toti Conservancy’s Laura Taylor said those wishing to sign the petition can gets forms from Illovo Business Park or contact her on 083 626 3785 or email envirosus@



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