South Africa's West Coast - a Jewel Not Free From Mining Clutches

The future of one of the country's most important biodiversity areas - the Olifants River estuary on the West Coast near Lutzville - could be decided at a crucial meeting hosted by CapeNature, between various government departments and conservation agencies, to try and finalise a consensus proposal for legal protection for the estuary which is under threat from increased mining operations in the region, writes John Yeld in GroundUp. The Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill which was signed into law, could possibly pave the way for more mining that can be approved by traditional leaders without the consent from communities.

The lovely Olifants River estuary on the West Coast near Lutzville. A crucial meeting is being held this week to finalise a legally protected status for this threatened area.

Mining for heavy minerals on the West Coast beaches north of the Olifants River


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