ALTERNATIVES FOR VILLAGERS
ONE of the five villagers on the land targeted for mining sells sweet potatoes to the value of about R95 000 a week, for about eight months of the year, by travelling to Durban three times a week.
“Why should mining be allowed? This is a human rights issue to me,” said Sinegugu Zukulu.
He often takes groups of hikers along his beloved coastline, especially from Port Edward to Port St Johns.
His purpose is multi-pronged: “To promote and grow eco-tourism in the area; to get tourists to support local women – who are known as the “Magic Mamas” because they bring magic to the hike – by staying at their homes; to raise general awareness about the environment and protection of the Wild Coast.
“It is of critical importance to show how the locals can benefit.
“Failure by a democratic government to listen to its citizens will be detrimental to that government or ruling party,” insisted Zukulu.”