Namibia – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has expressed concern over sand mining in the country, saying that these activities have become a serious destruction to the environment and dangerous to humans, livestock and wildlife when these pits are not rehabilitated.
Romeo Muyunda, spokesperson of the ministry, has reveald this week that Namibia seeks to achieve is developmental goals, especially in the infrastructure development sector, building sand and gravel for roads have become valuable and essential resources in the construction industry.
However, he expressed they are extracted on a daily basis to meet the demand of the sector and mostly in uncoordinated manners.
He said: “Sand mining is one of such activities that require an Environmental Impact Assessment before it can be undertaken. Unfortunately, this legal requirement seem not to be understood by some communities in our country and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism continue to be inundated with complaints on illegal sand mining operations especially from community members in the rural areas.”