South Africa: Taking on a mining giant and winning

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Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape region is home to an unspoiled landscape

A small South African community has won a decade-long fight to prevent the construction of a titanium mine on its ancestral land, writes the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani after visiting the area.

The lush fields and hillsides are dotted with huts. Clear rivers run into the sea along the breath-taking Indian Ocean coastline and just one road gives access to this rustic scene.

But Xolobeni, the idyllic home to South Africa’s Amadiba community, sits on top of huge reserves of titanium ore, a lightweight and strong…

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