Mineral Resources Minister Mr Mosebenzi Zwane (MP) has noted with concern the escalating tensions in Xolobeni, with respect to a mining right application in the area.
The Minister appeals for calm, and for all stakeholders to use dialogue and due process in resolving their differences. Minister Zwane has further called for the community to allow law enforcement agencies to investigate the recent killing of the chairman of the Amadiba Crisis Committee, and bring the perpetrators to book. The Minister extends his condolences to the family and friends of Mr Sikhosiphi Rhadebe.
The mining right application is still pending, with the applicant still conducting consultations and public participation, in line with the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA).
Objections which have been lodged against the mining right application will be processed by the Regional Mining Development and Environmental Committee (RMDEC). The RMDEC is established in terms of section 64 of the MPRDA. The Minister’s decision on the application will take into consideration recommendations by the RMDEC.