Preserving Indigenous traditions and biodiversity while resisting resource extraction
Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) was formed in 2007 by villagers of Xolobeni in Pondoland to fight titanium mining in their area which threatened to immediately displace 70 families within a 22 kilometer zone and eventually displace approximately 200 other families in neighboring areas. The Xolobeni village is situated in the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape and its natural beauty along with the lives and health of villagers are under constant threat from proposed mining ventures.
The ACC and its members fight to preserve their understanding of life, community, Indigenous belief systems, ecology, land and sustainable ways of life. As a result, their work actively resists mining and imposed developmental initiatives within their communities. ACC employs the strategies of mass mobilization, protest and litigation to advance their work. They have had successes in fighting off mining companies and forcing information disclosure by businesses wanting to mine within their communities, including their victory in the case against the Department of Mineral Resources in South Africa and Australian company Transworld Energy and Mineral Resources (TEM) which has become a part of a larger “Right to say NO” campaign across Southern Africa.
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