The Coastal Conservation Area (CCA)

Coastal Conservation Area is a corridor of 1km from the high water mark of the sea, along the whole Wild Coast. Within this corridor, building and development is restricted and subject to specific environmental authorizations.

The CCA became legally binding with the Transkei Decree No. 9 of 1992. It states:
Article 39
(1) There is hereby established on the landward side of the entire length of the sea-shore, excluding any national park, national wildlife reserve, municipal land, sea-side resort, site occupied in terms of Proclamation No. 174 of 1921 or Proclamation No. 26 of 1936, privately-owned land and lease-hold land, a coastal conservation area 1000 metres wide measured -
(a) in relation to the sea, as distinct from a tidal river and tidal lagoon, from the high-water mark:
(b) in relation to a tidal river or tidal lagoon, from the highest water-level reached during ordinary storms during the most stromy period of the year, excluding exceptional or abnormal floods.
(2) Notwithstanding anything in any other law or in any condition of title contained, no person (including any department of State) shall within the coastal conservation area, save under the authority of a permit issued by the Department in accordance with the plan for the control of coastal development approved by resolution of the Military Council -
(a) clear any land or remove any sand, soil, stone or vegetation;
(b) develop any picnic area, caravan park or like amenity;
(c) erect any building;
(d) construct any railway, dalnding strip, slipway, landing stage or jetty;
(e) build any dam, canal, reservoir, water purification plant, septic tank or sewerage works;
(f) lay any pipeline or erect any power-line or fencing;
(g) establish any waste disposal site or dump any refuse;
(h) construct any public or private road or any bridle-path or footpath; or
(i) carry on any other activity which disturbs the natural state of vegetation, the land or any waters or which may be prescribed.

In other words, you are not allow to touch or disturb anything, nor are you allowed to build or construct anything. Unfortunately the local inhabitants of this stretch of coast were and are little aware of this law, which basically states that every village rondavel that has been built since 1992 is illegal, if it is located within 1km of the sea. In the last 20-something years, a lot of holiday cottages were also built along the pristine shores of the Wild Coast. More often than not, the white outsiders bribed a local headman with a bottle of brandy to lay their hands on a prime piece of land, close to the beach, where they constructed their holiday cottages. And even if the land was acquired in an honest way in accordance with local custom (as we acquired the premises that are currently Wild Lubanzi Backpackers), it would still be subject to Government law and therefore to said Decree No. 9. In practice, this puts the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEDEAT) in charge of the 1km coastal stretch of land, instead of the Department of Land Affairs.

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