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
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
@Eusebius so glad agri came up. Much of "modern" agriculture is also destructive of natural resources. In Xolobeni and elsewhere we need to look at a more sustainable model of agriculture.— Rupert Koopman (@RK_ct) November 28, 2018
Fantastic judgement, how does it prevent one or two individuals in these communities from colluding with mining companies for own benefit?— Colin Doyle (@colindoylesa) November 28, 2018