An Australian mining company wants to mine 22 km of a South African Wild Coast community’s sacred beachfront land without their consent, to exploit what they claim is the world’s tenth-largest titanium deposit.
Sign the Avaaz petition to stop them.
The majority of residents of the affected community (Section 24 Umgungundlovu of the Amadiba Traditional Authority) have repeatedly rejected the Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project, an open-cast mine which will destroy one of the most beautiful sites in South Africa. They also reject a controversial proposed toll road designed mainly to move the titanium to ports, for which the SA National Roads Agency Ltd has been caught forging affidavits.
The Perth-based mining company MRC (Mineral Commodities LTD) and their South African subsidiary TEM (Transworld Energy & Mineral Resources) are using desperate measures and their local allies have recently resorted to violence. The company’s shares have languished because this, their major project, cannot get off the ground.
The majority of residents do not want their homes, ancestral graves, water supply, fishing stock or traditional way of life threatened. Although many need employment, better facilities and state services, they do not want to compromise their land for a mine that would hire only a few unskilled workers and have a lifespan of only 22 years. Instead they want sustainable development projects, ranging from small-scale agriculture to eco-tourism. But the mining threat would foreclose alternative development strategies.
MRC have partnered with a few individuals in the community. They are known as “the crooks of the village” and stand to benefit financially. They pretend to represent their community’s wishes and on May 3, assaulted community members with guns and machetes, leaving three injured.
The crisis has reached a tipping-point.
On Wednesday May 27, MRC has its Annual General Meeting. Let’s get their investors’ attention and let them know what is really happening with the Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project. MRC is having serious problems with its other South African investment, Tormin, due to its heavy mineral concentrate buyers’ quality claims. It has made mistakes in South Africa that warrant its retreat.
Sign the petition to demand that MRC ends forced mining in a community whose majority have repeatedly rejected it. Stop MRC from hiring people who violently assault community members. Let MRC’s investors know it’s time to take their funds elsewhere.
Let’s ensure that human rights and environmental integrity defeat greed for ill-gotten gains.