Xolobeni community says NO to mining!

Hundreds 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)

Elder & NonthleHeadman & community elder

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Comments

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

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.

Thanks Jeff!