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Wild TV!!

Now that I have you attention…

Wild Coast on 50/50

Part One of a two part update on the Wild Coast Mining and ‘Troll Road’ will be broadcast today, Monday 26 Sept, on 50/50 on SABC 2 starting at 7.30pm.

Part 2 will go out the following week on 3rd October. This will feature plans for the revival of eco-tourism, and the launch of a fund raising campaign to raise funds for local residents to challenge the N2 Wild Coast Toll road authorisation. To keep up-to-date with the developments of Sustaining The Wild Coast, who are promoting sustainable and long-term development of this area, please like them on Facebook HERE and follow them on Twitter HERE, and encourage others to do the same…

John G I Clarke

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Sustaining the Wild Coast

I have just helped out setting up the social media links for Sustaining the Wild Coast (SWC). SWC is a civil society organization (Section 21 Company not for gain) whose aim is to promote sustainable solutions for the Wild Coast of South Africa through ‘grassroots’ involvement of rural Wild Coast communities in research, education and sustainable livelihoods programmes.

In addition, SWC advocates against culturally and ecologically inappropriate developments such as the proposed mining at Xolobeni and the recent decision on the N2 toll road extension, which they are presently opposing. See various articles here: 1, 2 and 3.

SWC are looking to spread the word about what they are doing and raise some funds for expected court battles. I think they have done a very admirable job with Xolobeni. Please like them on Facebook HERE and follow them on Twitter HERE, and encourage others to do the same…

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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 It was touch and go as to whether the mining rights granted to an Australian company would be repealed so the email I received yesterday from Val at Sustaining the Wildcoast was great news!!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.

For the moment SWC are

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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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Xolobeni mining – shady ‘support’ from locals

I have written about the proposed mining of the Xolobeni area. See blogposts here, here and here. The local mining company says that it will bring employment to the area. Those opposed say it will bring destruction. I feel that an area of such biodiversity and uniqueness should be preserved as a heritage site. This will allow for sustained livelihoods and the preservation of the natural environment.