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Sand Mining Tshwane North

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:03 pm
by WillemLubbe
Name and Surname: Willem Lubbe.

Contact number: 072 482 6307.

Email address: willemlubbe75@gmail.com.

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.