This has led to large-scale erosion of the beach, the dune areas as well as the front gardens of three homes in this Wilderness suburb.
The results were shocking to some Wilderness residents. Ingrid Becker has been keeping a close watch on our shores and the front row of beach homes in Wilderness Dunes, where the cave-ins of the front lawns have occurred. For her it has been a particularly painful event to witness.
This week she explained why she has become an advocate for change, and why she currently goes around warning homeowners to stabilise the dunes in front of their homes.
"The high seas eroded the dunes by several meters. The drastic change was so noticeable I felt obliged to go the George Herald to warn local homeowners to take drastic steps to prevent their homes from being claimed by the sea."
Her strong response stems from the fact that a similar incident happened to her in October 2011 when her business, the Nostra Restaurant and Pub, finally collapsed and her livelihood along with it. For many years she watched the high tide erode the foundations.
"We desperately tried to save the building by bringing in tons of sandbags. But this was in vain. I lost over R2-million and my income, as I was not insured," said Ingrid.
She added, “The premises and the bottom section belonged to Struisbaai Municipality, who should have known better than to build so close to the waterfront.” One of the Dunes homeowners has placed iron cages filled with stones on the beach in an attempt to halt the erosion."