Wednesday, 15 February 2017


Beautiful Joubertskloof

The visual impact of sand mining

The Eco Tourism of Fynbos Estate is next in line

Following the licencing this week of yet two more sand mines in the Paardeberg, we  are shocked and dismayed for the whole of the Paardeberg as well as for ourselves here at Fynbos Estate  - as we are the next in line. A sand mining application is in process for adjacent to us and  right at our entrance.

Fynbos Estate’s Dragonridge Winery is part of the Paardeberg’s wine tourism alongside Eben Sadie and others. Additionally with 280 hectares of contract nature reserve, the stillness and beauty of Fynbos Estate has allowed our sustainability as a retreat and workshop centre, as well as a rural getaway guest farm and celebration venue.  

The pavilion and pool areas look directly over the site

The sand proposed mine is highly visible from every single place on the farm and nature reserve, and the noise of big machinery  and trucks  will shatter the precious stillness sought after by visitors. Moreover instead of winding along quiet rural roads  to get to us, guests will have to run a gauntlet of  huge sand trucks which, when  full, weigh 60 tonnes, take up the entire width of the narrow roads and spew clouds of obscuring dust. 

If it were not enough that these roads carry farm vehicles and provide  pathways for horses, cattle and sheep ,  preschool and primary school children use these roads daily to and from the little farm school in the Kloof.  This is tragedy waiting to happen

An example of the huge machinery involved

An significant conservation issue: agriculture and nature.

But much more than about Fynbos, this is about the whole of the mountain, the wine and olive farms dotted around it, the  spoiling of arable land in its foothills  the numerous biodiversity areas and nature reserves hard won by land owners. It is a conservation issue of extreme  significance. In a world where there is a daily  loss of species of flora and fauna  and increasing shrinkage of agricultural land, to squander the gift of an exquisite mountain an hour from Cape Town with rural hectarage, nature reserves and biodiversity acclaimed areas,  is just unbelievable.  Does no one in office think about the planet and about what we leave to our children? All for the one off benefit to a few individual farmers and some sand transport operators.  Further any notion that a mined area can be rehabilitated to what it was before, is manifestly not true. The soil layer is crucial to mineral movement and drainage as well as to the endless colonies of insects, worms and the like that form part of agriculturally viable land and a healthy ecology all the way up to the birds that dwell here.  

Please join our campaign.  Tell all your conservation minded friends, post comments on our facebook page and if possible copy your comments to the  following link

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Huge volumes of dust effect livestock and crops

The proposed site 

Narrow farm roads are unable to handle the increased traffic from large construction vehicles

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