Wild Coast Mining and death of activist Rhadebe

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A collection of stories and comments in the wake of the assassination of Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe, anti-mining activist. 



Numsa condemns murder of Wild Coast anti-mining activist

The execution style killing of a leader of the Wild Coast anti-mining campaign has been condemned by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.

Numsa said in its statement that the anti-miners are under attack from powerful capitalist interests in league with local thugs.

John Clarke and an open letter to the Public Protector

In response to the murder, social worker John Clarke told Fin24 on Wednesday that he will be writing an open letter to the Public Protector following a lack of investigation by police into a previous case relating to Rhadebe, who allegedly had refused to accept a bribe over mining rights.

“As a result of the investigation going cold, a man has now lost his life,” he said, adding that he had been tasked by the Amadiba Crisis Committee in his role a social worker to ensure justice was served.


Mark Caruso of Mineral Commodities responds 

"This company will not engage in any activity that incites violence ... [and] will cooperate fully with any investigations into this incident,"said Mineral Commodities' executive chairman Mark Caruso .

Between the Chains

The proponents of mining speak of the dearth of jobs and infrastructure in their justification for wanting to violate the windswept sand dunes along the Sikombe and Mtentu rivers. Since 2004, when Australia’s Mineral Resources Commodities first applied for a licence to mine the dunes, this side has pointed to the black stripes on the beach sand as evidence of the riches that lie unexploited. They argue the mine would bring about much-needed jobs to lift the locals out of poverty.

But the opponents of mining — the majority of people in the villages directly affected by the proposed mine — point to their well-fed livestock, green fields growing their food and favourite smoke, and the nearby tourism businesses as the most sustainable ways to keep hunger away.

Between the Chains: Another Ngquza revolt by Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Financial Mail deputy editor.

The Robinson/Caruso connection, and the Promise of Justice 

A book launch for ‘The Promise of Justice’ in a theatre whose stones have a tale of injustice to tell. It is a story that does not flatter President Zuma or the mining industry, but shows that human rights must trump mining rights if we want a better state for the South African nation in the future.

John Clarke

The "moral equivalent of mining Ayers Rock for granite"

Anne Susskind writes for the Sydney MOrning Herald:

A Perth mining company, Mineral Commodities (MRC), is at the centre of a simmering conflict in South Africa, and has been accused of creating divisions and fomenting violence in an unspoilt and "idyllic" coastal community in the Eastern Cape.

At stake is a 22-kilometre-by-1.5-kilometre strip of red sand dunes on the pristine "wild coast", which MRC says is home to the world's 10th-largest heavy mineral deposit – minerals such as ilmenite, rutile and zircon, used to manufacture titanium dioxide pigments.

Read more:Perth Miner

Another Mineral Commodities project

Mineral Commodities is involved in another highly controversial project 30km from Vredendal in the Western Cape. 

Read more: Mineral Commodities


The Daily Vox provides a short summary going back to 2003 and the shooting of Mandoda Ndovela, a headman from Mpindweni on the Wild Coast.



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LLM/MPhil in Environmental Law Programme launched

  The Department of Public Law at the University of Pretoria hosted a launch of its LLM and MPhil programmes in Environmental Law, coordinated by Ms Melanie Murcott, Senior Lecturer, Environmental and Administrative Law, in February 2017.

Water Show

The FSE will be presenting at a keynote panel discussion at "The Water Show Africa" on the 29th of March.

Lauded for research on SA acid mine drainage

The launch of Acid mine drainage in South Africa: Development actors, policy impacts and broader implications, by Suvania Naidoo, took place on 10 February 2017. The book has proven to be a timely publication because of the incipient water crisis in South Africa. The event was hosted by Unisa’s Department of Development Studies in the College of Human Sciences. The guests were welcomed by the chair of the department, Prof Gretchen du Plessis, who expressed that “development studies is an ever-changing discipline and is a space where different issues converge”. She further stated that the book fills a void in our knowledge about acid mine drainage (AMD) and that the publication is “an example of hard work which results in big achievements”.

Truth of the dust that brings death

  A new hard-hitting report from Harvard Law School details how South Africa has failed to meet its human rights obligations concerning gold mining in and around Joburg. Bonnie Docherty, who led the research, spoke to Sheree Bega


Eastern Basin acid water plant is "sledgehammer"

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has used a "sledgehammer" for its R1bn treatment plant for acid mine drainage (AMD) on the Eastern mining basin that could ultimately create more toxic water.  This is the view of water strategy and consulting mining hydrologist Kym Morton, who believes government is "wasting money" by pumping large volumes of water and adding lime that makes it alkaline but still toxic and hazardous. 

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