With the new year kicking off, we’re excited to announce our March Pint for a Purpose. We’ve partnered up with Protect the West Coast – together with our friends at Gone and Wavescape.
What is Protect the West Coast?
Protect the West Coast (PTWC) comprises a collective of concerned South Africans (including scientists, journalists, activists and media experts) who work for a not-for-profit organisation to ensure that mining on the West Coast of South Africa is conducted with the correct and proper oversight in accordance with fundamental principles of the law. These are the fundamental environmental right enshrined in our Constitution, the applicable environmental and mining statutes, and the correct fulfilment of authorisations granted to companies that mine in this sensitive and bio-diverse region.
What is at stake?
From the Orange River to Cape Columbine, hundreds of kilometres of the South Africa’s West Coast coastline are being mined, or have been earmarked for mining. These industrial-scale extractions have lasting consequences for local communities, fisheries and the natural environment, for generations to come.
What are the risks?
Despite the creation of short term jobs, mining adversely affects ecosystems and has a detrimental knock-on effect to the broader West Coast environment, economy and society. The risks associated with the projected mining activities are as follows:
- Disturbance and destruction of marine life on mined beaches
- Destabilisation of fisheries and fishing communities
- Impacts on already scarce water resources
- Air pollution from mining activities
- Increased roads and traffic footprint
- Visual impacts on local population and tourism
- Loss of access to beaches and coastline for recreational activities such as surfing and fishing
- Damage to the fragile dune system, which has evolved over millions of years as part of the natural interface between land and sea.
- Alteration of the natural beach profile, and its dynamic equilibrium with the wave energy
- Knock-on impacts on land-based ecosystems
- Loss of archaeological resources and fossils
- Loss of indigenous heritage sites
How can you help?
Buy a pint at the Taproom between 1 March and 31 March 2022 – all the proceeds will go straight to PTWC.
Sign the Petition and join the movement
See you at the following events coming March or find our opening hours here:
Saturday 5 March – The Board Meeting
Wednesday 9 March – Artboard Auction with Nik Rabinowitz
Wed – Fri:
Drinks: 11am – 9.30pm
Food: 12pm – 9pm
Taproom closes: 10pm
Drinks: 11am – 4.30pm
Kitchen: 12pm – 4pm
Taproom Closes: 5pm