The mine will dry out the land and it will kill off the plants that we use.
Xolobeni is a cluster of rural communities on the eastern coast of South Africa.
Tourists know the area as The Wild Coast because of its beautiful and rugged coastline.
I get herbs for my medicine from the land around my home. My ancestors are buried here and I need to protect them from the mining.”The wood that we collect here is very important to my family.
Parafin and gas stoves are dangerous for our health. We cannot live without it – hands off our land.”If the mine comes I will have to move, otherwise I am just waiting to die.
The seawater is sacred to us, it helps us to stay healthy and to sleep well.
This is our culture and we don’t want the mine to come and take it away.”This land has lots of different natural medicine.
They will not be from the same church as me and may not understand my religion.
This will cause me lots of problems.”I have pigs, cows and goats that I farm on this land. I will never allow the mining to come and change the way I live. It is for the Pondo people.”When the mining happens this forest won’t be healthy any more.
I will have to move away from the land of my ancestors who are buried here.
I don’t want the mine to come and take away my land and my history.”We get our food from the sea, it is how we live and how I feed my family.