The importance of being a social movement activist in South Africa’s battle for clean energy

The decision-making framework provided by the South African constitution after the dawn of democracy highlights the importance of stakeholder engagement, thus increasing the power of activism. Vast stretches of the country are now earmarked for unconventional oil and gas exploration. Activists need to be vigilant that no application goes unchallenged.…

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Sisters of the Wilderness

Support this important social impact documentary about women’s empowerment through the power of wild nature This is an important documentary project which highlights the value of Wilderness to human well-being. This documentary will mainly be filmed in the iMfolozi Wilderness area. This pristine wilderness is home to the largest rhino…

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2016 South African Blog Awards

Vote for this site and help save the iMfolozi Wilderness and the Fuleni Communities from open cast coal mining Help us win the 2016 SA Blog Awards By Rob Symons For two years running the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign website has achieved the runner up award in the Environmental…

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Tribute to Andrew Ewing

Tribute to Andrew Robert Ewing 12/5/1943-19/11/2016 – Founder of the Global Environmental Trust By Sheila Berry It is a momentous and sad occasion in the history of an organisation when the founder passes away.  On Saturday, 19 November 2016, Andrew Robert Ewing, the founder of the Global Environmental Trust (GET)…

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No News

By Rob Symons As I write this mid-November 2016, we have not heard anything from iButho Coal or the Department of Mineral Resources in connection with the proposed open cast coal mine in Fuleni on the border of the iMfolozi Wilderness area. The situation has not changed much since this…

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Cultural day – Ocilwane Village

The Ocilwane Village community  hosted a cultural  day on Thursday 29 September, 2016. The day was well attended by young people from all around the Fuleni area. The event was organised by Phila Ndimande and kindly sponsored by KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Enjoy the fun! (please click on…

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Grrrowd becomes “The Crowd Versus”

The Crowd versus Ibutho Coal Since the inception of our campaign to Save our iMfolozi Wilderness from the application to mine coal at Fuleni by Ibutho Coal, Grrrowd has stood steadfastly beside us. Grrowd was originally formed in 2014 at the Hague, in the Netherlands, with the intention to crowdfund for campaigns for social and…

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Mines face fightback – The Witness

‘Coal communities’ band together against ‘company abuses’. By Chelsea Pieterse The struggle for the environment and a better future was the focus of a meeting in Northern KwaZulu-Natal of communities from all over the country who have been affected by coal mining operations. A national coal communities exchange organised by…

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Wild Coast dune mining on hold

By Tony Carnie VIOLENCE and social upheaval sparked by an Australian dune-mining application on the Wild Coast has forced Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to put a halt to any mining applications in the area for 18 months. Zwane declared the moratorium in a notice in the Government Gazette last week,…

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