Centre for Civil Society, UKZN .
started this petition to
Investors of MRC
An Australian mining company wants to
mine 22 km of South Africa's Wild Coast for titanium without
the consent of the affected community.
The majority of residents of have repeatedly rejected the proposed opencast
mine which will destroy one of the most beautiful sites in South Africa.
MRC and their South African subsidiary
TEM are using desperate measures. Theirlocal allies are resorting to violent attacks on anti-mining residents with guns and machetes.
On 22 March 2016 Sikhosiphi 'Bazooka' Radebe, Chairperson of the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC), was assassinated. The ACC is the affected community's committee spearheading the resistance against the mining project. Before his murder Rhadebe warned fellow ACC members that he topped a hit list and that they were next. His assassination came shortly after
the ACC lodged an objection to MRC's latest mining rights application and after the community successfully blocked MRC from drilling in the area.
Many residents do need employment and better
infrastructure, but don't want to compromise their land for a mine with a lifespan of only 22 years.
They don't want their homes, farms, ancestral graves,
water supply, fishing stock or traditional way of life destroyed. They want
sustainable development projects, including agriculture and eco-tourism, which
cannot attract investment with the threat of mining.
Together, let's tell investorsthat their investment is neither ethical nor stable. MRC's AGM is around the corner.
Sign now to let MRC’s investors know
it’s time to take their funds elsewhere.
The affected community is Section 24
Umgungundlovu of the Amadiba Traditional Authority. The majority also reject a
national toll road through their land which would allow the movement of
titanium to ports.
Australia's MRC is Mineral Commodities LTD. South Africa's TEM is
Transworld Energy & Mineral Resources. Their proposed mining project is
called Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project.
Relevant news articles:
accused of inciting violence as cops probe activist's murder" by TMG
Digital (March 29th 2016)
community Enraged" by W. Duvenage, Daily Maverick (March 29th 2016)
"Wild Coast Amadiba mining opponent assassinated" by T. Washinyira, Mail & Guardian (March 23rd 2016)
"South Africa: The Mining Company Behind the Xolobeni Conflict Has a History of Dodgy Dealings" by S. Lewis, The Daily Vox (March 24th 2016)
"82 civil society organisations condemn the assassination of Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe, chairperson of Amadiba Crisis Committee" by Right 2 Know (March 23rd 2016)
family attacked" by J. Davis, South Coast Herald (March 7th 2016)
"Pro-Miners threaten to use force" by J. Davis,
South Coast Herald (Feb 22nd 2016)
the Wild Coast attacked with pangas, knobkerries after mass meeting" by
Times Live (January 1st 2016)
linked to Wild Coast mining rights heats up" by M. le Cordeur,
Fin24 (Jan 11th 2016)
"We will die
for our land, say angry Xolobeni villagers as dune mining looms" by T.
Washinyira, Mail & Guardian (Feb 12th 2016)
villagers block mining" by A. Mgaqelwa, Daily Dispatch (Feb 24th 2016)
sign for Wild Coast toll road" by L. Ngcukana,
City Press (Feb 3rd 2016)
Posted: 21 May 2015 (Updated: 29 November 2019)