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Investors of MRC: Stop forced mining on South Africa's Wild Coast

Investors of MRC: Stop forced mining on South Africa's Wild Coast

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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. Their local 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 investors that 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.

Additional Notes:

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:

"Mining CEO accused of inciting violence as cops probe activist's murder" by TMG Digital (March 29th 2016)

"Amadiba: A 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)

"Xolobeni 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)

"Anti-miners on the Wild Coast attacked with pangas, knobkerries after mass meeting" by Times Live (January 1st 2016)

"Court battle 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)

"Xolobeni villagers block mining" by A. Mgaqelwa, Daily Dispatch (Feb 24th 2016)

"Amadiba stop sign for Wild Coast toll road" by L. Ngcukana, City Press (Feb 3rd 2016)

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