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Fighting the Minerals-Petroleum-Coal Complex’s Wealth and Woes

Ecocide by the “minerals-energy complex” should be faced by a broad-based opposition, focusing on sanctions against neo-colonial exploitation, and international solidarity with the communities affected.

When African National Congress youth leader Julius Malema recently proposed the mining industry’s partial nationalization – and last week asked, quite legitimately, ‘what is the alternative?’ to those in the SA Communist Party (SACP) and Business Leadership South Africa who threw cold water at him – a debate of enormous ideological magnitude opened in public, which workers, communities and environmentalists have already joined in their myriad struggles.

For those of us in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, awareness of mining’s foibles is vital for several reasons, including new scientific findings about overestimated coal industry reserves; SACP leader Jeremy Cronin’s recent useful suggestion to ‘phase out aluminum smelters’ at the vast Richards Bay port (and we might add, at Durban’s killer-manganese Assmang at Cato Ridge which alone chews a third of our city’s electricity); and the global climate summit that Durban hosts in November-December.

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http://www.tni.org/article/fighting-minerals-petroleum-coal-complex%E2%80%99s-wealth-and-woes

Patrick Bond and Khadija Sharife are at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society: http://ccs.ukzn.ac.za


The opinions expressed and the arguments employed in this document are the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily express the views of the CETRI.