Beach goers, head’s up. There have been reports of protest action along a number of Western Cape beaches. As per Zigzag Magazines Instagram, the aim of the action is to bring issues of the current and prospective mining activities on the West Coast “closer to home.”
Protect the West Coast has been identified as the group behind the initiative.
The post was captioned via Zigzag Magazine as follows.
“Imagine if companies began to mine on and near the very beaches you take your kids to surf, your dogs for a walk, where you catch your fish, where you get that golden brown tan, where you drink sundowners with your friends, where you go to escape.
“Imagine if one day you got down to your local [beach], frothing to get tubed, and there was a sign restricting public access?
“Well, this is already happening on large areas of our beloved Western coastline and it seems because it is out of sight out of mind, it doesn’t really matter.
“In addition to the current mining that is taking place, there are more and more mining companies wanting a piece of the coast. Well, we disagree and are here to put a stop to that.”
The protest action across some of the Cape’s more popular beaches began on Saturday, June 19.
Beaches said to be effected are:
- Camps Bay
- Hout bay (chappies side and harbour side)
- Long Beach
- Fish Hoek
- Dale Brook Tidal Pool