Sand dunes mining – Mining companies are eager to dig inside the vast sand dunes along South Africa's east coast for minerals.
Sand dunes mining – Richards Bay Minerals has been extracting minerals from the dunes for more than three decades, having set up a massive operation along the coast.
Sand dunes mining – According to the company, the minerals removed from the sand through mining comprise about 5% of the dunes' total volume.
Sand dunes mining – Environmentalists argue that eco-tourism has the potential to be a small but possible alternative to mining.
Sand dunes mining – They say, however, that its development should take into consideration the sensitivity of the local environment.