Wild Coast community decides to go to court over mining

Posted by Laura Grant on September 1, 2008
Posted in Conservation

Community members who live in the area of the Wild Coast where the proposed mining of coastal dunes will take place have asked human rights attorney Richard Spoor to bring a High Court application setting aside the awarding of the mining licence, The Tribune reported yesterday. The licence was awarded by the department of minerals and energy affairs to Australian company MRC.

Spoor told the Tribune that his clients were concerned that the Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project would not benefit local communities, but instead decimate traditional, cultural life and sustainable rural livelihoods in the area, leaving people with even less than they have now.

“Yes, it’s not much, but at least they have their land, on which they have generated a livelihood for hundred of years. Without that they are nothing,” Spoor was quoted as saying.

In a media statement released last week, the Amadiba Crisis Committee, a coalition of coastal residents, outlined their objections to the proposed mining.

The statement said that the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC), which was led by Mr Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Radebe, “informed the DME delegation led by Mr Bongo Qina [on August 20] that the overwhelming majority of the local residents did not want the mining. On the advice of attorney Sarah Sephton of the Legal Resources Centre, the ACC called upon the minister to exercise her powers to withdraw the mining license immediately, or face court action.”

Read the community’s media statement on the Sustaining the Wild Coast website

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