Coast KZN

06 Sep 2016

Dune grass not approved

Judi Davis (South Coast Herald)

According to environmental authorities, the grass planted at the site of the dune vegetation clearing at Trafalgar beach was not in accordance with an approved rehabilitation plan.

Lawn has been planted where the Trafalgar dune vegetation was removed.

In response to questions from concerned Trafalgar residents about the recent grassing of the damaged dune at Trafalgar’s Blue Flag beach, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality spokesman Simon April has confirmed this has not been authorized as part of an approved rehabilitation plan.

The clearing of almost all the natural vegetation on the primary dune two months ago is being investigated by the municipality, the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (Wessa) and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Environmental Affairs.
Recently local environmentalists inspected the cleared dune and found that someone had planted grass where the vegetation had been removed. They asked whether this was legal.

“Upon investigation it has been established that all the activities that are happening on the site in question are illegal,” said Mr April. The Department of Environmental Affairs was in the process of investigating the matter further and would provide an update once the correct protocols had been followed.

Blue Flag South Africa has also looked into it and has contacted the Department of Environmental Affairs. According to a Blue Flag South Africa spokesman the department had told him that the matter of the damaged dune was still in progress.

A notice had been issued and the recipient had been given time to respond. However, there had not yet been any response. The department would commence the proper legal procedures in due course.


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