No resolution for Xolobeni community and government over titanium mining project

The Xolobeni community continues to protect their land from titanium mining on the mineral rich Wild Coast.

In a matter that has caused tension for over 13 years, the Xolobeni community has stood against the government's decision to grant a mining license to an Australian company to extract titanium.

A vocal opponent to the mining license being granted to an Australian company from as early as 2001, Siphokazi Bazooka, was assassinated in March this year.

The Australian company has since announced their intention to pulled out of the deal and hand over ownership to a BEE company.

702's John Robbie spoke to Nonhle Mbuthuma from the Amadiba Crisis Committee and Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Godfrey Oliphant.

Listen to the interview below:

Mbuthuma said people with their own interests are using suspicious methods to garner support for the titanium mining venture.

It's been more than 10 years that we've said that mining is not good for us. On that area, tourism and agriculture are the best developments.

Nonhle Mbuthuma, Amadiba Crisis Committee

Oliphant disagrees with Mbuthuma, insisting that the community is divided on the issue.

There are people in that community who want this mining to continue. When we were there over the weekend, that's what they told us.

Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of Minieral Resources

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