50/50 & Don Guy's compilation DVD on the Wild Coast dune mining saga over the past five years

Dear friends of the Wild Coast.

Don Guy has generously made a documentary film that draws on all the 50/50 reports on the Wild Coast dune mining saga over the past five years. It will be entered in the 2009 Durban WildTalk film festival in April, and will be made available as a DVD to SWC (www.swc.org.za) for educational purposes.

The DVD cannot be sold as the SABC retains copyright, but SWC will need to cover costs of copying and distribution. It would be helpful to get some idea of the demand for the film so please let them know if you would be interested in having a copy of the DVD, and how they might go about covering the costs.

Please send an email to John G I Clarke (johngic@iafrica.com) indicating your interest and how many copies you think you could distribute.

On balance, the year of 2008 is worth celebrating for the astonishing progress achieved by South African civil society to ensure the Wild Coast is kept out of the clutches of those who want to ‘domesticate’ it and bring it under the submission of a perverse global economic system which the Xolobeni Mineral Sands project exemplifies.

Let’s hope and pray that 2009 will be the year in which the ‘stay of execution’ graduates to the next level - a ‘permanent abolition of the death penalty’, i.e. the withdrawal of the Xolobeni mining right.

John (johngic@iafrica.com)

John G I Clarke (Social Worker),
Sustaining the Wild Coast
Tel: + 27 83 608 0944: Fax 0866842405
Email: johngic@iafrica.com
Post: P.O.Box 2408, Pinegowrie, 2123
Skype: johngicskype.

“Where, after all, do universal rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world… Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” Eleanor Roosevelt. 1941

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