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VVVT NAMAKWALAND MARCH FOR THEIR RIGHT TO SAY NO!

The Vrywillige, Vooraf en Voordurende Ingeligte Toestemming (Free, Prior and Informed Consent) or VVVT Namakwaland is a social movement in Northern Cape, South Africa that brings together activists and community members from various towns and villages across Namaqualand. These communities share a long and painful history of land dispossession, which started in the late 1800s, and the continued illegal extraction of natural resources, such as copper, on their communal land. Mining rights to their land have been granted to mining companies by different levels of government for decades without their consent. These resources have been exploited for with the riches enjoyed by mining directors and shareholders, while community members have been reduced to menial and low paid workers on their land. The communities, who have lived in communion with the land for generations, have received little or no benefit from the wealth that is theirs.

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