Sand Mining Tshwane North

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Sand Mining Tshwane North


Post by WillemLubbe » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:03 pm

Name and Surname: Willem Lubbe.

Contact number: 072 482 6307.

Email address:

Local Authority: Tshwane.

Coordinates or "What3Words": 25°27'41.16"S 28°10'47.48"E and 25°27'43.18"S 28° 8'45.61"E and 25°24'43.68"S 28°11'47.22"E.

Date of incident: Historic, current and ongoing.

Description of incident

Sand mining activities destroyed aprox. 520ha of hillslope seepage and valley bottom wetlands east of Soshanguwe. Although a few small scale operators are also likely responsible, large scale operators with excavators and large trucks are sand mining at commercial scale. Within the surrounding 1000km2 there seems to be only 2 - 3 representative hillslope seepages left. These hillslope seepages represent a rather unique wetland type being dominated by woody species, Spirostachys africana (Tamboti), which support the Moretele floodplain complex to the north.

Please see pictures in the attached document.
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Re: Sand Mining Tshwane North


Post by WillemLubbe » Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:24 pm

The sandmining is still continuing without any hindrance and progressing southwards. Large commercial machinery and double trailer trucks are seen on a daily basis, even on Sundays...

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Re: Sand Mining Tshwane North


Post by Marc de Fontaine » Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:59 am

Thanks Willem, will see if it can be taken up at the next GWF.
Senior Water Quality Advisor Vaal Barrage Catchment, Rand Water
Secretary, South African Wetland Society

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