PROTECT THE WEST COAST
We see a thriving and abundant West Coast that benefits present and future generations. Lawful and unlawful mining activity covers an astounding portion of the West Coast of South Africa. We envision a future that replaces degraded, lifeless, and desolate mine dumps with cross-functional economic activity in unison with nature and her people.
Endemic Plant and Animal Species
Kilometers of Coastline
Coast for us to protect.
We are dedicated to informing and empowering civil society to stand against unjust mining activity on the West Coast. We believe in wielding the power of legal action to hold companies and the government accountable. We inspire a deep connection to the region’s biodiversity and cultural heritage
What is at stake?
From the Orange River to Cape Columbine, hundreds of kilometres of the South Africa’s West Coast coastline are being mined, or have been earmarked for mining. These industrial-scale extractions have lasting consequences for local communities, fisheries and the natural environment, for generations to come.
A research group at UCT, based in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, has been monitoring, documenting and mapping details of prospecting and mining as well as oil and gas applications and operations on the West Coast, over the past 18 months.
The increase in number of applications and Environmental Authorizations for prospecting and mining on the west coast, is a major cause for concern in the absence of any environmental planning framework or a Marine Spatial Plan. Prof Sowman and her research team, together with GIS expert Rio Button, will continue to monitor and update the status of these applications and add new applications as information becomes available.
The public is invited to participate in the process of updating the map and informing the research team of new applications or a change in status of such applications. Links to the UCT website with details of the various applications and operations as well as updated maps, will be provided shortly.