Target: Mark Caruso, Executive Chairman of Mineral Commodities Ltd.
Goal: Prevent the construction of a mine that would destroy land with high cultural and ecological value in South Africa.
The Wild Coast, a region on the eastern shore of South Africa, is the scene of an increasingly violent dispute over mining rights. This controversy has been brewing since 1998, when titanium and other minerals were discovered in the area. Locals have successfully halted all attempts by mining companies to exploit these resources, but recent events may spell doom for the beautiful Wild Coast.
With a rare Mediterranean climate, the Wild Coast is a stunning region of rivers, forests, and dunes. These factors, along with the rich cultural heritage and history of the indigenous Pongo people make this region a unique and fascinating gem of South Africa. The ecotourism industry is a strong growing force in the area, as travelers are drawn to the Wild Coast’s beauty. Further, the local coastline is a protected marine sanctuary playing host to migrating kingfish, an important species for sports fishermen worldwide. Many unique native species of plants and animals have been discovered in the local forests.
However, this beauty is threatened by aggressive attempts by the Australian corporation Mineral Commodities Ltd. to establish a titanium mine in the heart of the Wild Coast. The proposed Xolobeni mine would be separated into five blocks, covering a 2867 hectare area of farmland, dunes, and coastline. The heavy industry of the mine would destroy the ecological and cultural value of the land, ending livelihoods and effectively stopping ecotourism.
The Pongo people overwhelmingly oppose mining for many reasons, fearing that the heavy industry will pollute and destroy their rivers, forests, grazing lands, and coastal ecosystems. Similar mining projects in other areas have seen these consequences and worse for the local lands and people, many of which have been forced out of their homes by expanding mines. Mineral Commodities Ltd. has insists that few families would be displaced by the proposed mine, despite estimates from outside sources stating that up to 200 homes would be destroyed, further lessening local trust and support.
If completed, the Xolobeni mine would ruin the homes and livelihoods of locals and permanently poison the beautiful Wild Coast. Support locals in their fight to stop Mineral Commodities Ltd.
Dear Mr. Caruso,
The eastern coast of South Africa, or the Wild Coast, is a beautiful region of farmland, forests, rivers, and dunes, and is home to the Pongo people. However, this natural beauty is threatened by the proposal of the Xolobeni titanium mine in the dunes at the edge of a protected marine sanctuary. Local residents have made it clear that this mine is not welcome and would severely harm their traditional way of life and their future in the area.
The proposed mine and the infrastructure required for such a mine to function would result in the destruction of ancient forests and farmlands. The Pongo people have long protested mining in the area, and they deserve to be heard and respected. Mineral Commodities Ltd. must not continue with plans to build the Xolobeni mine.
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