Xolobeni res­i­dents don’t want it

The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE - – Di­neo Faku

XOLOBENI res­i­dence said their pleas to stop min­ing in their pris­tine dunes have fallen on deaf ears af­ter Min­eral Re­sources Min­is­ter Mosebenzi Zwane passed an 18 month mora­to­rium on the ap­pli­ca­tion and the pro­hi­bi­tion of the lodg­ing of any fur­ther ap­pli­ca­tion for min­ing of the area. Nonhle Mbuthuma, a res­i­dent in the ru­ral town on the Wild Coast and spokesper­son for Amadiba Cri­sis com­mit­tee said that the com­mu­nity was strongly op­posed to the pro­posed ti­ta­nium mine. “We thought that the mora­to­rium was passed last year, but it seems that the min­is­ter was only con­sid­er­ing the mora­to­rium last year,” Mbuthuma said. “The mora­to­rium means noth­ing to us. We do not want an 18 month mora­to­rium, we want a com­plete halt on min­ing,” added Mbuthuma. Zwane said the mora­to­rium was passed af­ter tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the so­cial and po­lit­i­cal cli­mate.

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