Kenyan in and around Cape Town

Sea wall to save village from waves


According to the Daily Nation, Ngomeni villagers have joined hands in building a sea wall to protect themselves from strong waves.The work they were contracted to do involves digging trenches and filling them with stones. Over the years, the coastal village, 160 kilometres north of Mombasa town and 20 kilometres from Malindi town, has been battling with the effects of rising sea levels.

The (proudly South African) solution: dolosse
A dolos (plural dolosse) is a concrete block in a complex geometric shape weighing up to 20 tons, used in great numbers to protect harbour walls from the erosive force of ocean waves. They were developed in East London, a port city in South Africa, in 1963 and are found in millions around the world. Is it too hard for the Kenyan government to do this for Ngomeni villagers?!

Dolosse,
Robben Island, Cape Town

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4 responses

  1. Pingback: Sea wall to save village from waves (via Gathua’s Blog) « David Juster's "Imagination"

  2. The cost of these have to be measured vs the economic benefit. In Cape Town there may have been a cost benefit.

    Furthermore, the rise is ‘natural’ which means the sea wall may be breached if the waves are higher or much stronger.

    Nature is a tough mistress.

    May 10, 2011 at 11:41

    • The villagers are already building a wall … why not build a better ‘wall’? Somethings may not have an economic benefit but the social gains are immense. Maybe someway somehow Ngomeni villagers can sleep at night.

      May 10, 2011 at 11:53

  3. That is a good idea…the photo is soo cool. Good idea to go monochrome…gives it a nice eerie feel

    May 10, 2011 at 11:41

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