Sand Mining in Ditwebeleng Village

By Mmathapelo Thobejane, Sekhukhune, Limpopo

It’s that time of the year again when people make a living out of sand. Unemployment is one of the challenges we are facing in this area and during this season sand mining is increasing at Moopetsi River. People are conducting brisk business out of this, however the problem is that the river is now in bad condition because they over mine the sand leading to river erosion. This is detrimental as the river dries up quickly and the pools where cows used to drink water are being destroyed too. People who live next to the river are at risk too because the river erodes towards their homesteads. This is very dangerous and I think the Department of Environmental Affairs must monitor sand mining in this river because it’s destroying our environment.

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