Xolobeni community says NO to mining!

Community leadersCommunity leadersHundreds of people walked from Wild Coast Sun to meet the people of Xolobeni.

Despite the pro-mining lobby tricking many members into not attending (by announcing a food-basket handout for the same day) it is apparent that the community, as represented by hundreds of people present, sangomas and the headman, are totally opposed to the strip mining of 22km of their pristine grassland and dunes.

In fact they have threatened to revolt, like the Pondo Uprising of 1960, if the government grants the mining license.

These pictures do very little to convey the beauty and incredible historic / archeological value of this portion of the irreplaceable Pondoland Center of Endemism.

Benny the Tour Guide can be contacted on 079-1985 975 / or through Sonya on 074-336 7862 - for a guided day-trip.

See for yourself why we must protect our children's ecological heritage.

(http://www.wildcoast.com/node/359)

Walking protestWalking protestNo to mining!No to mining!

Sandstone formations on Mzamba BeachSandstone formations on Mzamba BeachFerry across the Mzamba RiverFerry across the Mzamba River

Yes to Eco-Tourism!Yes to Eco-Tourism!Toyi-toyiToyi-toyi

Cretaceous fossils in the "petrified forest"Cretaceous fossils in the "petrified forest"Benny the Tour GuideBenny the Tour Guide

Walking along the beachWalking along the beachBatteleurs fly pastBatteleurs fly past

Some of the Xolobeni community arriving at MnyameniSome of the Xolobeni community arriving at MnyameniVoices of the peopleVoices of the people

In solidarityIn solidarityLeadersLeaders

Elder & NonthleElder & NonthleHeadman & community elderHeadman & community elder

Thanks Jeff!

Thanks Jeff!

Yes. The area apparently

Yes. The area apparently contains a payload of 9 million tons of ilmenite (which is 55 to 60% titanium dioxide) and another 6 million tons or so of rutile, leucoxene, etc.

can anyone tell me WHAT they

can anyone tell me WHAT they want to mine? Is it Titanium?

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