A so called 'community consultation' on a mining prospecting rights application was held 18 April 2013 on the Wild Coast. The mining company minutes are contested sentence for sentence (transcribed from filmed footage) by the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC). Below SWC publishes both versions of the same event. The minutes that ACC claims are fraudulent were made by the consultant firm GCS, hired by the Australian mining company MRC. The ACC document has been sent by ACC's legal representative to GCS for publication on their website So far there has been no response.

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MPAH Summer Newsletter - Baleni villagers explore tourism opportunities

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Matric Magic Deep in Rural Pondoland

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Pondo Wild Coat toll road conman Nazir Alli

Noseweek on the Pondo Wild Coat toll road conman Nazir Alli

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Building community resilience on the land under our feet

High up in the grasslands on the lip of the Mtentu gorge the community of Gobodweni meet under a tree in the heart of Pondoland. They have come to discuss how they can develop viable livelihoods and safeguard their land and cultural heritage from the ravages of inappropriate ‘development’. As they search for a different way of life, a life that will not destroy the bio-diverse landscape that has sustained their ancestors for generations, they listen to each other and the wisdom of the elders.

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Local Petition to the Premier on Development Needs (English version)

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A funding proposal

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Development in Pondoland: A submission
Amadiba Crisis Committee, Xolani Ntuli & Others
12 August 2013

Community members and organisations explain why they don't want titanium mining in Xolobeni

What kind of development? A contribution from the Wild Coast to the debate on the NDP

As a contribution to the debate about the National Development Plan (NDP), we want to make public a submission (see here) to the Government of the Eastern Cape on the issue of development in the Mbizana municipality.

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"Working together to speed up effective Service Delivery" 12 July 2013, Xolobeni Village, Mbizana"

The Premier of the Eastern Cape, The Honourable Mrs N Kivit, many MECs and Mayors called a community meeting the purpose of which was:

(a) To demonstrate government's resolve to place citizens at the apex of development.
(b) To promote inter-sphere collaboration and showcase government successes to the citizenry.
(c) To profile the leadership and promote a caring government through community and stakeholder engagement.
(d) To develop confidence in government's ability to deliver through profiling identified projects.
(e) To encourage civil servants to be change agents and brand ambassadors.
(from the pamphlet circulated to advertise the meeting - written in English, no Xhosa pamphlet available)

Click here to read the petition from the people outlining their development needs. (Xhosa document. English version will be posted when it is translated.)


Every time it rains heavily on the Wild Coast, a sinister brown stain mars the blue of the Indian Ocean off Port St Johns - the mighty Umsimvubu River is in spate, carrying tons of precious top soil in the form of silt from the degraded inland catchment. John Costello, a lifelong Wild Coast resident, watches helplessly from the Outspan Inn, near the river mouth. These are his observations and pictures.

He says "The fertility of the silt can be guaged by the magnificent lawns at Cremorne holiday resort, where a artificial flood plain traps the silt which otherwise is carried out to sea as the river rushes between its steep banks".

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Source: Solidarity Economy News No 2 - the newsletter from COPAC - the Cooperative and Policy Alternative Centre

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Helping farmers find their own solutions

Author: Ken Giller

source: New Agriculturist

Date: July 2012

Ken Giller, who heads the Plant Production Systems Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, is a technical advisor to the Africa Soil Health Consortium and chairman of the N2Africa steering committee, a project that aims to boost the use of nitrogen-fixing crops in smallholder agriculture. With extensive experience of farming systems, particularly in Africa, he is concerned by a tendency for organisations and individuals to promote blanket solutions, which fail to account for the complex and varied constraints facing smallholder farmers.

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