Another year in Pondoland


Another year in Pondoland

They may not officially be married, but everyone can see SANRAL and the Australian mining company are having an affair.

One year ago, near the picturesque Wild Coast village of Mdatya, while the soothing strains of the Christmas carol Silent Night, Holy Night were still echoing tidings of goodwill and peace to all humankind, another child was born in the early hours of New Year’s morn. 

Akolwa Ndovela came into the world, not in a stable but under a Waterberry tree where her mother was hiding with her older siblings, having been chased out of their home by armed thugs intent on clearing the way for MRC Ltd, an Australian mining company, and their local BEE partner Xolco to mine their ancestral lands for titanium.

Arrests were made, but that did not end the conflict. 

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