The Sunday Independent - - METRO -

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.”

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