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Villagers fight to keep their red dunes 10/05/2015

Mablasi Yalo (67) was born and bred in Xolobeni on the outskirts of Mbizana, a rural town on the border of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

Yalo is one of hundreds of Xolobeni residents opposed to proposed titanium mining by the Australian-based Richtersveld Mining Company (RMC).

City Press found Yalo walking over the hills of the red dunes, the source of a conflict within Xolobeni that has not only divided residents but pitted brother against brother.

Yalo is a widow with seven children and three grandchildren. She had gone to the mealie fields on Thursday morning to fetch maize meal on the other side of the red dunes, accompanied by granddaughter Azola (4).

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Green light for Wild Coast toll road

The queen regent of the amaMpondo clan has made a passionate plea to Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti asking him to save large parts of the Wild Coast from the planned highway and mining developments.

Her clansmen don't want to lose their ancestral gravesites, homes and grazing land to the N2 toll road that will run through small Mpondo towns as it connects the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal. They feel the same about the sacred red dunes of Xolobeni, near Bizana, and the proposed titanium mining there.

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ConCourt sets aside Jacob Zuma's order recognising amaMpondo king

The Constitutional Court has set aside President Jacob Zuma's notice recognising Zanozuko Sigcau as the king of the Eastern Pondo.

The court, in a judgment delivered this morning, found that Zuma had issued the notice under the amended Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act, when an earlier version of the bill was in fact the relevant law.

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Book focuses on cultural use of plants

The Umtamvuna nature reserve was the perfect choice of venue for the book launch recently hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

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New mining application a major blow for Wild Coast tourism

The Amadiba people, inhabitants of the Xolobeni area at the Wild Coast, are outraged about Transworld's renewed application for mining prospecting rights in the area, saying any mining activity in the area will kill tourism.


Mining in paradise divides residents

Australian mining giant eyes 22km of land on the Wild Coast, but project threatens to tear residents apart


NEWS ANALYSIS: Xolobeni will have to do battle again and again against titanium miners

The people of Xolobeni on the Wild Coast are likely to have to keep battling applications to mine its mineral sands Author: Dorine Reinstein

Source: Business Today