Call for min­ing ref­er­en­dum

The Sunday Independent - - METRO -

EAST­ERN Cape MEC for Fi­nance, Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Tourism, Os­car Mabuyane, has called for a ref­er­en­dum to re­solve the Xolobeni min­ing de­ba­cle.

The High Court in Pre­to­ria ruled in favour of the Amadiba Cri­sis Com­mit­tee which op­posed ti­ta­nium min­ing along the Wild Coast.

Dur­ing his Mid-term Bud­get speech in East Lon­don on Thurs­day, Mabuyane said the provin­cial gov­ern­ment wel­comed the judg­ment which calls for the con­sent of the com­mu­nity be­fore the gov­ern­ment can is­sue li­cenc­ing for min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

How­ever, he said min­ing brings eco­nom­i­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We can­not say no to min­ing in our prov­ince and then pack bags to work in the mines in other prov­inces,” said Mabuyane.”

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