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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Registered objectors not invited to Fuleni meeting

MCEJO members being interviewed after having handed their memorandum to RMDEC representatives - Photo by Rob Symons

By Tamlyn Jolly Zululand Observer May 5, 2016 DESPITE more than 100 interested and affected parties (IAPs) who registered their objections to Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni mine, only 89 were officially invited to the recent Regional Mining Development Environmental Committee (RMDEC) meeting in Nseleni. RMDEC is a statutory body of…

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Open Letter to Mineral Resources Minister, Mr Zwane


An open letter from ICWA to the Minister of Mineral Resources and RMDEC, concerning the RMDEC meeting on 22 April 2016, at Enseleni, concerning Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni Anthracite Project.     Open letter to Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Minister of Mineral Resources Re: Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni mine and the…

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Communities prevent mining site visit


Fuleni communities are doing everything in their power to prevent the mine from going ahead By Tamlyn Jolly Zululand Observer April 26, 2016 MORE than 1000 Fuleni residents blockaded roads leading to the site of Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni mine last Thursday, to force the Regional Mining Development Environmental Committee…

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