After communities criticised his department’s lack of consultation on mining development programmes before they were undertaken, minister Gwede Mantashe decided to embark on a series of engagements with traditional leaders in the province in the next two months. Photo: Getty Images
While Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe described those opposed to oil and gas surveys and proposed developments meant for the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape as an “antidevelopment movement”, they, in turn, accused him of undermining them.
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