Phosphate mining in South Africa: A potential threat to the marine habitats

Phosphate mining in South Africa: A potential threat to the marine habitats

The approval of prospecting licences to strip-mine the seabed for phosphate poses a great threat to the existence and the quality of marine life and habitats. Phosphate is mainly used as a fertiliser in agriculture, however, the technology used is unknown and there is no benchmark to understand what the impacts may be, potential destruction of the seabed may serve to undermine marine ecosystems, tourism and to our own food security.

On Sunday, 13 August 2017, the SABC 2 television programme, 50/50, presented a feature on marine phosphate mining, which explained what the process entails and illustrated the destructive technologies used to excavate the seabed. Mention was also made of the three companies that have been granted prospecting rights in recent years for an area that overlaps with 77% of the footprint of a significant part of key South African fisheries. To view the insert, click below.

 

 

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