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Minister gives priority to mines over communities

Author: Sifiso Dladla

Communities that oppose mining on their land have failed to understand the benefits it brings, Mineral and Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said this week, three weeks after a prominent opponent of dune mining, Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe, was murdered in the Eastern Cape.


“If the majority do not want mining it means this government and everybody should be able to say hang on, there is something we are not doing correctly.

Why would the majority fail to see a point if there is a point that would benefit everybody in the area,” Zwane said at a news conference ahead of his budget speech to Parliament on Tuesday.


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