South Africa: As Tensions Rise, Government Insists There's No Decision to Grant Australian Company the Right to Mine At Xolobeni

South Africa: As Tensions Rise, Government Insists There's No Decision to Grant Australian Company the Right to Mine At Xolobeni

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Xolobeni - The Amadiba Crisis Committee has been fighting to prevent a mining project from going ahead in Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape.

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Comments made by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe in a radio interview this week gave credence to the idea that the government intends to grant mining rights on the Wild Coast to an Australian miner and its local subsidiary. While the department insists that no decision has yet been made, Mantashe seems firm in his belief that mining can raise the Xolobeni community out of poverty - while community activists continue to argue the opposite.

When Australian mining house Mineral Resources Commodities (MRC) produced an August 2018 report on its current and future activities for investors, it devoted a full page to a forthcoming South African project.

The Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project, it explained, was "a world-class mineral sand deposit geographically located near Richards Bay".

The report stated: "Mining right under application", and added: "Future development and divestment options under consideration".

It also specified: "New South African government leadership is pro development of project."

While those words may have been music to the ears of...


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