Illegal sand mining needs a lot of water to proceed. Water is life, what profits us if we make all the money in the world through mining and destroy all our water resources to the extent that we cannot get water for minuscule activities.
There are so many people in South Africa that are extracting sand from the environment without the legal authorisation to do so and, thus, the mass of sand sold in South Africa is likely to be much higher than official statistics. These practice is usually done in rural part of South Africa.
Unsustainable sand mining could result in riverbank collapse, deepening of river beds, sinking deltas and coastal erosion as well as biodiversity loss, especially when coupled with the impacts of dams and climate change.
Sand theft or unauthorised or illegal sand mining leads to a widely unknown global example of natural and non-renewable resource depletion problem comparable in extent to global water scarcity source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.worldwaterweek.
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