Wild Coast mining rights granted

Posted by Laura Grant on August 6, 2008
Posted in Conservation

An aerial view of the Wild Coast. From www.swc.org.za

An aerial view of the Wild Coast. From www.swc.org.za

Rights have been granted to an Australian company to mine the dunes in an ecologically sensitive part of the stunningly beautiful Wild Coast, Mining Weekly reports.

The report has sparked a flurry of outraged comments on the site.

Environmentalists and groups concerned for the human rights of people living in the area have long resisted the mining project. [See Sustaining the Wild Coast] Eco-tourism has been put forward as a more beneficial option for local people than mining.

Mining Weekly reports that the department of minerals and energy has granted mining rights to the Kwanyana block, one of four making up the Xolobeni project area, which contains about 139-million tons of heavy titanium producing minerals, including ilmenite, zircon, leucoxene, and rutile.

“The mining right would be signed and issued on October 31, along with the Environmental Management Plan, and thereafter the company has said that it would fast-track the development of the Kwanyana block into a mining operation to produce heavy-mineral concentrate to supply the local South African producers and international markets,” the report says.

Read the full report on Mining Weekly

For more information on efforts to prevent dune mining in the area go to Sustaining the Wild Coast


One Response to “Wild Coast mining rights granted”

  1. esvl
    August 9th, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

    That sucks. The people in government dont know what they are doing.

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