Shedding light on what is happening
out of sight of the residents of
Port St Johns
At the beginning of this century, in about 2002/4
the Municipality of Port St Johns allowed a
sand quarry to be operated from the vacant site
adjacent to the clinic, just around the corner
from the broken down Cape Hermes Hotel.
This was done with a total disregard for all
Environmental and Mining Laws as none of the
requirements in terms of these acts were
Ruins of the Cape Hermes Hotel
Original sand quarry,
hidden out of the
sight of the public
in the bush at old
First Beach Caravan
A commercial sand mine is being operated,
hidden in the bushes, on property belonging to
Who is running this sand mining operation.
Who gave permission for municipal property to be used for this
Was the required Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) carried
out, as also a Scoping Report produced.
Were all procedures in terms of the National Environmental
Management Act (Nema) complied with.
Was permission to mine sought and obtained from the Dept of
Minerals and Energy
Is the sandmine being operated in compliance with the regulations
relating to any mining operation.
Who is benefitting from this sandmining operation, and if the
mining is illegal who is to be charged and held liable