Solidarity with the people of Tolima to stop the ‘La Colosa’ mine
For the past 9 years the people of Tolima and Quindio, in the Andes Mountains of Colombia, has been resisting the development of an open-pit gold mine by Anglo Gold Ashanti.
Three representatives of the community: Cielo Mojica (Asociación de productores agroecológicos); Ximena Gonzales (Tierra Digna) and Jorge Páez (Corporación Semillas de Agua) visited South Africa in August 2016 to build a global alliance to oppose the ‘La Colosa’ mine. The visit was coordinated by PACSA, as part of their consultancy work as Fastenopfer SA country coordination, and it was accompanied by Claudia Fuhrer and Daniel Hostettler from Fastenopfer, Switzerland, who facilitated the visit.
The group connected with the Green Revolutionary Council in Witbank, with Bench Marks Foundation, the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS). They also handed over a letter of demand to the management of Anglo Gold Ashanti, hosted a roundtable discussion in Johannesburg, and had discussions with the Amadiba Crisis Committee and communities in Rustenburg affected by Anglo Gold Ashanti mining.
The people of Tolima and Quindio, Colombia, call on the South African society and media to support their struggle which says “water is more precious than gold” and “yes to life and the environment – no to mining”. They call on all South Africans to support them in bringing visibility to the potential destruction of a fragile and unique biodiversity by a South African mining company, Anglo Gold Ashanti, which would threaten the livelihoods of millions of people.