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 MRC Ltd has announced that it is disinvesting its 56% share in Transworld Energy and Minerals Pty Ltd, the applicants for the Xolobeni Mineral Sands project on the Pondoland Wild Coast, and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its Black Economic Empowerment partner “Keysha Investments 178”.  

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On Sunday 10 July Archbishop Emeritus Tutu again found himself the centre of media attraction when VIP’s crowded with Sunday worshippers and proudly Anglican church people to mark what was billed as the “40th Episcopal Thanksgiving Service for the Most Revd. Desmond Mpilo Tutu.”

 

Desmond Tutu 40th anniversary July 2016The Anglican Cathedral of St Mary in downtown Johannesburg played host to the celebration attended by former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlante, Minister Susan Shabangu (representing the Cabinet) and a range of other dignitaries, to give thanks for the outstanding Episcopal ministry of Archbishop Tutu who was ordained Bishop of the Church in the same cathedral forty years ago. His first appointment was as Bishop of the Diocese of Lesotho, but with the outbreak of the Soweto riots in 1976, he found himself increasingly drawn into prophetic mediation which earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987 (awarded by the Catholic Church); the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

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For the amaMpondo, rule by a queen is undermining of male authority and promotes botched circumcisions – so say government representatives in the High Court. (It also happens to be in the interests of the mining industry that Princess Wezizwe should not succeed to the Pondo throne.)

Despite having been teased with “Murphy’s law” jibes ever since his appointment to the High Court in 2006, Judge John Murphy has earned great respect because of his innovative judgments and exceptional competence.

In November 2015 his Facebook friends were heaping congratulations on him for having cracked a part-time appointment to the United Nations Appeals Tribunal for showing the requisite “high moral

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Late Night Live - Mining and Murder in South Africa

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Late Night Live - Mining and Murder in South Africa

An interview with an Australian Radio

The brutal murder of a vocal anti-mining activist has escalated a long-running, sometimes violent dispute between a South Africa coastal community and an Australian mining company.

The murder case is unsolved and raises the question – what is the responsibility of mining companies to communities?

Credits

Presenter: Phillip Adams
Producer: Rachel Maher
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About John GI Clarke

John Clarke hopes to write the wrongs of the world, informed by his experience as a social worker and theologian, to actualise fundamental human rights and satisfy fundamental human needs.  He has lived in the urbanised concentration of Johannesburg, but has worked mainly in the rural reaches of the Wild Coast for the past decade.  From having paid a fortune in toll fees he believes he has earned the right to be critical of Sanral and other extractive institutions, and has not held back while supporting Sustaining the Wild Coast (www.swc.org.za), the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (www.safcei.org.za) and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (www.outa.co.za), in various ways.

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