More Mining

We have received more photos of sandming on the Mvoti.  The damage it is causing to the river and riverine environment is obvious.


Please ask your Hardware Store where they source their sand and stone from so that we can raise awareness about this.  Quite likely they don’t know, but hopefully they will find out and start to think about the issue.


You probably enquire if the maize meal you buy is GMO free, if the fish is sustainable and the eggs free range, so why not sand from a source which cares about the environment?


If you spot any Sand Mining activity which you suspect may not be legal, or damaging the river excessively, please report to the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement component (essentially Green Scorpions). The CME sections are aligned to the District Municipality boundaries.


Not all of the Districts may have someone in the CME component, but the District Managers essentially are responsible for the functions with the District. The District Managers heading up these Districts are:

uMgugundlovu District Ms. Kim van Heerden  033-347 1820

Ugu District Mr. Sabelo Ngcobo  039 – 682 2040

Amajuba District Mr. Zama Mathenjwa  034 – 315 3936

Ethekweni Metro Ms. Vanessa Maclou  031 – 302 2880

Ilembe District Ms. Nombulelo Zungu  032 – 437 7500

Sisonke District Mr. Benton Mchunu  039 – 834 1055

uMkhanyakude District Ms. Khuleliwe Mathenjwa  035 – 550 0218

uMzinyathi District Dr Peter Kuyler  034 – 299 9660

uThukela District Mr. Dumisani Gwede 036 – 634 6300

uThungulu District Mr. Sipho Xulu  035 – 792 1624

Zululand District Mr. Jomo Mbatha  035 – 874 3330



About Nikki Brighton

I live in Howick, between the river and the hills. I enjoy pre-dawn walks in the streets with my dog, sitting on the veranda with crochet and tea, and harvesting vegetables outside the kitchen door.
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