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The Shore Break

Two cousins, one proposed mining project on ancestral land and a battle of epic proportions.In the Amadiba area, on South Africa’s stunning Wild Coast, the Pondo people have tended their traditional way of life for centuries. Nonhle, a young local eco-tour guide, is a staunch supporter of her people and the endangered environment on which their livelihood and culture depend. Her cousin Madiba, a local entrepreneur and self-proclaimed modernizer, is fully supportive of a titanium-mining proposal and the government’s controversial plan to build a tolled highway across their land. Tired of his community living without good access to employment, hospitals and schools, Madiba uses every backhanded method imaginable, scurrilously courting private capital and questionable government officials. While the South African President deposes the pro-environment Pondo Royal Family, Nonhle rallies inspiring support with little more than dogged determination.
Featuring arresting cinematography, beautiful sand animation and sensational original music, The Shore Break delivers both a visually and emotionally riveting fight to the finish. See the trail below and more on this debate HERE and HERE.

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Wild Coast Mining Conflict Back on the Boil

I have posted a fair bit on the proposed mining of Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape, the local opposition to it and the hardball tactics that the Australian-backed mining company has used to go ahead with its plans to mine the ilmenite-rich coast.

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Conflict over the mining of the Xolobeni area have resurfaced. Follow the Sustaining the Wild Coast Facebook group here: www.facebook.com/SustainingtheWildCoast and their Twitter page here: www.twitter.com/swcoast for more updates.

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Wild Coast – Minister Shabangu revokes mining rights

I have written a fair amount on the proposed mining at Xolobeni and nearly three years ago now, set up a marginally successful petition opposing it. It was touch and go as to whether the mining rights granted to an Australian company would be repealed so the email I received yesterday from Val at Sustaining the Wildcoast was great news!! I now hope that the Australian company doesn’t appeal the decision and that something can be done to promote the area in terms of socio-economic development as well as environmental preservation. It seems to me that an area with a unique landscape, offering both grasslands and sand dunes, and such richness of species, should be protected as a national treasure and could be promoted to tourists…

I just thought you might like to celebrate in this good news.

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Wild Coast developments

There have been some recent interesting developments concerning the Wild Coast mining and Toll rd, which have exposed how authorities have deliberately flouted EIA regulations and legislative requirements. Please click the following links to media articles:

THE STAR, BUSINESS REPORT “Wild Coast plans show preference for mining

DAILY DISPATCH “More concerns over Wild Coast mining

THE HERALD “Mining task team merely passes buck

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Important Update – XOLOBENI

A few month ago I blogged about the proposed mining of Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape. Here is the most recent development, hopefully the Board will make the right decision:

28 January 2010

The LRC to make oral submissions on behalf of the Amadiba Crisis Committee at Xolobeni

For immediate release

On 8, 9 and 10 February 2010, the Minerals and Mining Development Board will receive oral submissions on behalf of interested parties involved in the appeal against the Minister’s decision to grant a mining right to Transworld Energy Minerals (TEM) at Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape.  The Board will then make recommendations to the Minister of Minerals and Energy.