[LISTEN] In-depth look at the significance of the Xolobeni mining judgment

The Xolobeni mining saga has finally had some resolution.

The court ruled that the Department of Mineral Resources must obtain full and formal consent from the Xolobeni community before granting any mining rights.

The debate for that land has been raging for the past 15 years after an Australian mining company started mining titanium in the area.

Residents in the area raised concerns about losing their homes and grazing lands, and feared the environment would be damaged.

Eusebius McKasier spoke to lead researcher from the Bench Marks Foundation, David van Wyk and Johan Lorenzen an Associate at Richard Spoor Attorneys about this judgment.

It is an indictment that 25 years into democracy we are having this debate now which is something we should have dealt with in 1994.

David van Wyk, Lead Researcher from the Bench Marks Foundation

We should be looking for a clean break post-1994 to value these communities and their own cultural values and to allow them to make their own decisions.

Johan Lorenzen, Associate at Richard Spoor Attorneys

READ: Victorious mining rights court ruling for Xolobeni community

It is necessary to understand that this community makes its decision by consensus not by voting.

David van Wyk, Lead Researcher from the Bench Marks Foundation

Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Who is the rightful owner of a piece of land in the Cradle of Humankind?

Who is the rightful owner of a piece of land in the Cradle of Humankind?

A small community in the Cradle of Humankind are at war over a piece of land

Victorious mining rights court ruling for Xolobeni community

Victorious mining rights court ruling for Xolobeni community

Lawyer says 'there needs to be full disclosure on what the impact is going to be on the directly affected people'.

ConCourt ruling on mining in Lesetlheng is important for Xolobeni -Richard Spoor

ConCourt ruling on mining in Lesetlheng is important for Xolobeni -Richard Spoor

Attorney, Richard Spoor has been at the forefront of efforts to protect Xolobeni from the harmful effects of mining.

Attorney who marched on Mantashe's mining meeting charged

Attorney who marched on Mantashe's mining meeting charged

John Clark says Xolobeni is a community-based eco-tourism initiative that is being sabotaged because of mining.

Bongani Bingwa: 'Have a little think about what we mean when we talk about land'

Bongani Bingwa: 'Have a little think about what we mean when we talk about land'

Bongani Bingwa focuses on the land issue of Xolobeni in Eastern Cape.

Community objects to mining in ancestral land

Community objects to mining in ancestral land

Founder of the Amadiba Crisis Committee, Nonhle Mbuthuma, explains whey they are objecting to mining in Xolobeni.

Popular articles
'Majority of tax payers will get R153 more in their pocket this year'

'Majority of tax payers will get R153 more in their pocket this year'

Co-Founder at TaxTim Marc Sevitz says no tax decrease for tax payers may be the only disappointment in the budget speech.

#Budget2019 "Do we really need SOEs?"

#Budget2019 "Do we really need SOEs?"

In his first budget speech, Tito Mboweni pledged a conditional R23bn a year for Eskom and a pay freeze for MPs and MPLs.

[VIDEO] Muizenberg pedestrian attacked in broad daylight

[VIDEO] Muizenberg pedestrian attacked in broad daylight

A woman was attacked on her way to work on Saturday morning.

'Netflorist ad shouldn't be banned, but it's a piss-poor example of creativity'

'Netflorist ad shouldn't be banned, but it's a piss-poor example of creativity'

Show host Eusebius McKaiser discusses the Netflorist ad which won an advertising standards case about using racial stereotypes.

[WATCH] Pupils packed in minibus taxi like sardines causes social media outrage

[WATCH] Pupils packed in minibus taxi like sardines causes social media outrage

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Owner catches car thief off guard and thwarts vehicle theft in Springs

[WATCH] Owner catches car thief off guard and thwarts vehicle theft in Springs

The vehicle's owner came out of the store just in time to scare away the man attempting to steal his bakkie.