Glimmer of hope for Xolobeni

Posted by Laura Grant on September 25, 2008
Posted in Conservation

The mining licence to extract titanium from the coastal dunes of the Xolobeni area of the Wild Coast will not come into effect on October 31 as originally scheduled, the Sunday Tribune (subscription) reports. The minister of minerals and energy Buyelwa Sonjica, sent a letter to that effect to the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), which is representing the Amadiba Crisis Committee, a group of local residents opposed to the mining.

The minister reportedly wants to consult King Mpondo-mbini Sigcau, Queen MaSobhuza and Chief Ndabazakhe Baleni, and hold hearings where the LRC will make submissions on why she should withdraw the decision to allow the mining.

Earlier this month the minister admitted that the consultation process for the mining had been flawed.

The LRC had sent an ultimatum to Sonjica telling her that if the mining licence, granted to Australian firm MRC and its South African partner Transworld Energy and Minerals, was not suspended by October 1, it was prepared to go to court.

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