Ubambano Youth Organisation

Excited UYO members celebrating Woman's Day with Mxolisi leading the dance.

By Mxolisi Phakathi There is a lot of talent amongst the youth in rural Zululand. To encourage and develop this talent, Thembokwakhe Shosi and I, Mxolisi Phakathi, recently formed the Ubambano Youth Organisation. Thembokwakhe is a Civil Engineer and I will graduate from the University of Zululand with a B.Ed…

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Mining and Environmental Justice Conference

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By Kirsten Youens For the past three days I have been in caucus with activists, lawyers, lawyer-activists, scientists and academics. Myself, along with the leaders of the Fuleni community organisations Phila Ndimande of the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation(MCEJO), and Mxolisi Phakathi of the Ubumbano Youth Organisation(UYO), were invited to…

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Community celebrates as iron mine plan shelved


‘Mining is a massive eviction project, not development’, says activist By Sifiso Dladla Ululation, songs and slogans set the tone at Makhasaneni near Melmoth in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday when scores of community members gathered to celebrate the decision by Indian company Jindal Africa to shelve an application to mine their land.…

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Mining company pulls out of Wild Coast plan


By Tony Carnie FOUR months after community leader Bazooka Radebe was gunned down in front of his son, an Australian mining company says it is bailing out from its plan to mine one of the world’s biggest undeveloped mineral sand mining ventures, at Xolobeni on the Wild Coast. Mineral Resources…

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Protesters demand mining benefits


The protesters voiced their anger at the mine, demanding to benefit from the mining activities taking place on their doorstep. By Steven Makhanya HUNDREDS of Mpukunyoni community members at kwaSomkhele staged a protest march to the Tendele Coal Mine on Monday to present a memorandum of grievances to the Department…

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Somkhele tensions heat up

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Anti-mining tensions flare up among Somkhele communities surrounding the mine By Tamlyn Jolly MORE than 100 Mpukunyoni community members feared for their lives on Monday morning after being shot at by what they thought were live rounds amid a peaceful protest outside Somkhele mine. The 120-strong crowd of protesters blocked…

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Somkhele communities seek mine closure

Mpukunyoni communities gathered at Mtubatuba Municipality seeking permission to organise a march to Somkhele mine PHOTO: Tamlyn Jolly

Fed-up with living in close proximity to Somkhele mine, Mpukunyoni communities seek closure of the mine By Tamlyn Jolly FOR Mpukunyoni communities living around Somkhele mine, life remains tense after pro-mining community members clashed with anti-mining activists at a community meeting. The meeting was last week called by Tendele Mining…

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GET Fuleni submissions to RMDEC

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RMDEC Meeting 22 April 2016 This meeting was called by the Regional Mining Development And Environmental Committee (RMDEC) after being requested to do so by Youens Attorneys (and presumably others involved in the matter) in a letter to DMR objecting to the granting of the prospecting rights and to the…

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Concerns over new Eteza junction


By Tamlyn Jolly Zululand Observer PROLONGED construction on a major interchange at Eteza on the N2 has got some people concerned over the reason for such a large junction, with its associated buildings. Speculation has been rife over the need for such a large junction and, since the recent erection…

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