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Illegal sand-mining continues at Macassar dunes

by Selwyn Bergman
on 07 Aug 2008
Oceanography SA
Oceanography SA

Cape Town's last remaining major dune system, the Macassar Dunes Nature Reserve, is facing continued threats due to illegal sand mining from the area.

The dunes, which is home to 210 known indigenous plant species, are being stripped of sensitive vegetation as a result of the mining activities. Many of the plants are on the Red Data List.

The council has launched efforts to clamp down on those responsible.

Further reading:
Council to deal with illegal miners
Illegal sand miners are wrecking Macassar dunes.
Informal settlement poses threat to precious Macassar dune reserve
ANC calls for action on uncontrolled mining near Macassar
Urban Conservation Leads to Hope in the Cape

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