Latest: Sand mine proposal withdrawn

‘Don’t mine sand here’ say local residents

SOURCE OF CONCERN: A satellite image of the area of the proposed sand mine [now withdrawn], on the edge of the Kowie Nature Reserve and close to the balancing dam as well as to 43 Air School. The proposed sand mine caused considerable angst among locals who said there are other less sensitive areas where sand could be mined
An unsolicited proposal to mine sand from an environmentally sensitive area near the Port Alfred balancing dam was withdrawn as locals prepared for battle should the proposal be authorised by Mdlambe Municipality.

The proposed sand mine was brought to the attention of residents when a notice was placed in Talk of the Town by Abanco Sand Mining (EC30/5/2/1/3/2/10510MP) in the April 18 edition calling for interested and affected parties to register to express concerns or comments regarding the proposal. Comments were received from several quarters complaining that the advert in TotT was misleading inasmuch as it did not indicate the proximity of the proposed mine to the Kowie River or the Kowie Nature Reserve or the 43 Air School runways. Further, the geographical coordinates given on the plan placed the proposed mine in the Northern Hemisphere.

In a complete turnaround, Dynamic Geoscience Consultants MD Sicelo Botha, who compiled the Background Information Document (BD) wrote to all interested and affected parties on Wednesday (May 8) to inform them, “This email serves to inform you that the Sand Mining Application (EC30/5/1/3/2/10510MP) has been withdrawn and cancelled.”

Read the background to this story as well as the thoughts of local residents in this week’s Talk of the Town.

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