Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered, Namibia

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Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered

Excerpt from AllAfrica, Namibian Press, by Adam Hartman

While sand mining in the Swakop River is a crucial element of coastal development, sand mining companies do seem take advantage of the lack of official control over mining operations.

As reported in the Namibian, “Quarries are also becoming “extremely deep” some having vertical ‘walls’ of 10,5 metres. According to the guidelines, “excavation shall under no circumstances expose the ground water table and shall have slope banks not higher than 4 metros”…

Read Full Article, “Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered” All’Africa

Read Full Article, “Swakop Sand Miners ‘Doing Their Own Thing’,” November 2010

The Skeleton Coast, Wkipedia

NASA Image, Namibia South Western Coast