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Saving Shashe

Ilegal sand mining threatens iconic river's existence

Tribal leaders in the Kalanga villages of Makaleng, Matenge, Nshagashogwe and Sebina are fighting a losing battle against illegal sand miners, whose reckless activities are threatening the very existence of the iconic Shashe and Nyamambisi rivers.

Shashe River is a major left bank tributary of the Limpopo River in Zimbabwe rising northwest of Francistown.

While its flow lasts only a few days, it contributes 12.2 percent of the annual run-off of the Limpopo Basin. Its tributaries include Simukwe, Thuli, Tati and Ramokgwebana rivers...

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