The Right to Say No (To Mining)
Nonhle Mbuthuma is the spokesperson of Amadiba Crisis Committee/South Africa.
Introduction and moderation by Jakob Krameritsch (IKW) and Maren Grimm (IBK).
13.00 Screening of The Shore Break by Ryley Grunenwald, South Africa, 2014. It is a film about the struggle of the Amadiba Crisis Committee.
15.00 to 17.00 Q & A with Nonhle Mbuthuma (Amadiba Crisis Committee)/South Africa
The proposed Xolobeni mine is a project by Transworld, a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian corporation Mineral Commodities (MRC), and would be one of the largest titanium mines in South Africa. Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) was formed in 2007 by villagers of Xolobeni in Pondoland to fight mining titanium in their area. About 200 households face displacement from the farmland on which their livelihoods depend. It is unclear how the villagers will be compensated and where their livestock will move. They will mine around people’s houses. Also this is a proclaimed marine protected area – mining cannot take place here. ACC believe that the mining eco-tourism and agriculture are real development alternatives and that mining will rule out tourism trade.