PTWC joins forces with Sentinel Ocean Alliance for a beach cleanup in Doringbaai.


Image by Sacha Specker


To mark International Cleanup Day and to cast our beady eye on a controversial new mining operation near Doringbaai on the Cape West Coast, PTWC met up with Sentinel Ocean Alliance, Gone Outdoor and local activists on the weekend of Saturday 17 September.


With the logistical support of global conservation group Parley for the Oceans, we managed to muster 20 people, who rolled up their sleeves and gathered more than 123kg of waste. The waste was taken back to Cape Town and analyzed to assist in the fight to stop plastic pollution at its source. We also recycled 46% of the waste collected.


The top five pollutants were chip packets (1,291), sweet wrappers (731), plastic bags (344), cooldrink lids (249), and plastic bottles (200).


Image by Sacha Specker


CEO of PTWC Mike Schlebach said that Doringbaai had been chosen for the cleanup because of new mining operations north of Doringbaai that are being undertaken by an outfit called “Moonstone Diamond Marketing” a few months ago: “We wanted to support International Cleanup Day, but we also wanted to use it as a form of activation to document and show the world what is going on here”.

A camera crew was in attendance to film the devastation that the mining is having on the environment in the area. Watch this space.


Image by Sacha Specker

Image by Sacha Specker


The team came across no entry signs all over the area. This attempt to prevent public access to beaches and the surrounding areas were not long ago open to recreational users, who were free to roam and enjoy this pristine wilderness, which is increasingly scarred and scoured by heavy machinery.


The PTWC legal team is investigating Moonstone's operations, and are probing their renewed mining rights to understand if the mining taking place is lawful.


Image by Sacha Specker.

Image by Sacha Specker.

Image by Sacha Specker.


Words by Steve Pike for Protect The West Coast


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