- Thanks to a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court, the Xolobeni community now have mining rights on their land
- The Minister of Mineral Resources needs the community's consent before granting any company the right to mine in the Umgungundlovu area
- Judge Annali Basson wanted the community's rights to be protected
The North Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of the Xolobeni community on 22 November.
According to the ruling, the Minister of Mineral Resources will need to get the community's permission before granting any mining rights.
News24 reports that a court battle was launched against the Australian company Transworld Energy and Mineral Resources and the Department of Mineral Resources over mining rights in the Umgungundlovu area of Xolobeni.
The Amadiba Crisis Committee launched the case earlier this year.
Judge Annali Basson reviewed the matter seriously and decided that before any mining rights can be granted, the community must approve.
The community now hold the rights over the land, and if Transworld Energy and Mineral Resources want to mine, they need the community's permission.
Judge Basson state that communities like this one's rights were not protected in the past, but now they have the right to decide what may or may not happen with their land.
As such they may not be deprived of their land without their consent.
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