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Mantashe expected to engage with group over Xolobeni matter this weekend

Nov 16, 2018
Mantashe expected to engage with group over Xolobeni matter this weekend

Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe, is scheduled to visit the Eastern Cape to meet with the Amadiba Crisis Committee this weekend to discuss the long-standing and thorny Xolobeni matter as part of his engagements within the mining sector.

The Xolobeni mine is a proposed titanium mine, which will be on the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast and run by Transworld, initially a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Australian corporation, Mineral Commodities.

The mine would be one of the largest mines of its kind in South Africa and would be a need investment into the Eastern Cape economy.

However, the proposed mine has been met with tough opposition from local communities and environmentalists.

“We will continue to engage all people in Xolobeni and hear their views and together find the solutions that will sustainably benefit all citizens,” said Mantashe ahead of his visit on Saturday.

Earlier this month, the Minister said the issue of the Xolobeni mining development needs to be resolved sooner rather than later.

“No decision was taken or executed. It is my commitment… that the issue must be concluded sooner… rather than leaving it hanging from 2002 to 2018 for 16 years. It is a bad way of dealing with investors,” Mantashe said at the time.

His remarks came amid a debate that was sparked when an Australian mining company was granted a licence to mine in the area and that the matter has been hanging from 2002.

The Department of Mineral Resources said the engagement forms part of the Minister's on-going frank and open discussions with all stakeholders in an effort to find a sustainable solution to the challenges related to potential mining in Xolobeni.

The meeting, which is closed to media is set to take place at the Wild Coast Sun, Mbizana.

SAnews.gov.za

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