Mining Companies have a plan for the West Coast of South Africa that will destroy hundreds of kilometres of pristine coastal environments, disrupting local communities, fisheries, tourism and the rugged natural beauty of this globally recognised biodiversity hotspot.
Stand with us to Protect the West Coast!
Another prospecting application (Reference Number: WC30/5/1/1/2/10352PR by BUCHUBERG RESOURCES (PTY) LTD) has been given the go-ahead on the west coast of South Africa. This prospecting application is located to the south of the Olifants estuary on recently restituted community land. The community land claim - one of the largest in South Africa - was only finally settled in 2020. In addition to the fact that this is community land, there are many environmental concerns regarding prospecting in this area including impacts on biodiversity, access to the coast and river, fishing and farming livelihoods, cultural rights and attributes, water resources, amongst others. The community plans for this area including agriculture, windfarming, nature-based tourism and fisheries development will be undermined if these prospecting activities (and ultimately mining) are allowed to proceed since these activities are not compatible with mining.
Appeals on Prospecting Application on Community Land South of Olifants Estuary due on 20 January 2022.
Endemic Plant and Animal Species
Kilometers of Coastline
Extreme Mining Threats
Earth for Us to Protect
Despite the creation of short term jobs, mining adversely affects ecosystems and has a detrimental knock-on effect to the broader West Coast environment, economy and society.
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.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Volunteer, donate, get social or sign the petition. We are looking for all the help we can get. So please, assist us in protecting this magical stretch of coastline that thousands of plants, animals and people call home.
The fight so far
View where we are at with our efforts to stop the reckless mining activities that will destroy the pristine coastline that is the West Coast of South Africa.
Our plan of action is to show and tell the world what is happening along this pristine coastline. The reality is that this area is under siege by a strew of multinational mining companies that seem to have the unequivocal backing of the South African Government.
CURRENT MINING THREATS.
Extension of Tormin Mine
Mineral Sand Resources (Pty) Ltd (MSR) is an Australian Mining company that owns and operates the Tormin Mineral Sands Mine on the West Coast of South Africa, about 19km north of the Olifants River Estuary and 25km west of the town of Lutzville.
Belton Park Trading
Elandsbaai to Strandfontein
On 4 October 2019 Belton Park Trading 127 (Pty) Ltd (BPT127) lodged an application for a Prospecting Right with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to undertake offshore prospecting activities 1km seaward off the coast between Elands Bay and Strandfontein
On 14 June 2018 De Beers Consolidated Mines (Pty) Ltd (De Beers) lodged an application for a Prospecting Right with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to undertake offshore diamond prospecting activities between Kleinsee and Hondeklip Bay.
Mineral Sand Resources
Environmental authorisation has been granted in respect of a prospecting right application for heavy minerals on the remaining extent of farm the point 267 and Lot 615 Olifants River settlement. These 2 farms are located on the northern banks of the Olifants estuary and extend along the sea and upriver for about 15 km.
Lutzville, Vredendal and Lamberts Bay
In March 2021, Buchuberg Resources (Pty) Ltd lodged two applications for onshore prospecting rights and environmental authorisation in two vast areas located on the West Coast with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) for – among others - diamonds, gold ore, heavy minerals, rare earths and mineral sands.
On 7 April 2021, Cape Zircon (Pty) Ltd lodged two applications with the DMRE for prospecting rights and environmental authorisation in two extensive areas located within the Cederberg Municipality on the West Coast. Minerals that will be prospected for include diamonds, gold ore, heavy minerals, rare earths and mineral sands.