Petmin’s Tendele security illegally remove Somkhele residents protecting their ancestral graves from bulldozers

On Monday morning, 22 May 2017, Tendele mine’s security guards removed six Somkhele community members from protecting ancestral graves that are being threatened by earth moving equipment at KwaQubuka, where the mine is expanding.  The six descendants were taken to the mine management and the police were called in.  …

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Granting of Interdict Highlights Human Rights Abuses

  Pietermaritzburg – A peaceful demonstration outside the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, on Monday, 15 May, highlights 10 years of conflict between the Somkhele community (part of Mpukunyoni) and Petmin’s Tendele coal mine.  The matter being heard concerned three interdicts issued against the Mpukunyoni Community Property Association (MCPA) and chairman,…

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Demonstration targets Petmin’s key investors with demands to divest from Tendele coal mine

A noisy but peaceful demonstration, part of 350.org’s Global Divestment Mobilisation, was held outside Petmin’s head office to show major investors that Somkhele residents have many complaints about Tendele coal mine, sited near Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, in KZN.   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Surprised shareholders from Investec, Old Mutual, Nedbank,…

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Pressure on Petmin’s key Shareholders to divest as anger mounts against Tendele mine’s exploitation and expansion

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa –Demonstrators plan to intercept Petmin shareholders entering the Head Office in Bryanston when they attend the 10h00 meeting, 8 May, to approve Petmin’s delisting from the JSE. Institutions targeted to divest from Petmin’s Tendele coal mine include Investec, Old Mutual, Barclays Bank, Afena Capital, RECM. Tendele is…

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Bridge over iMfolozi River: Report back on Public Meetings

By Sheila Berry The first public participation meeting for the proposed iMfolozi bridge was held at the Mkhwanazi Traditional Council Chambers, Somkhele, at 9h00 on Thursday, 27 October 2016. The bridge is being commissioned by the Department of Transport (DoT), after being requested by Cllr. F. M. Mathe, and investigated…

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Protest March in Fuleni – 21 April

The mining affected Fuleni communities will be holding a peaceful demonstration today, 21 April 2016, starting 11h00, in Fuleni, bordering on the iMfolozi Wilderness Area, to voice their opposition to Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni open cast coal mine. And to protest about lack of consultation and lack of inclusion of…

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Department of Mineral Resources notice of meeting to substantiate objections to application by Ibutho Coal

We have just received notification (see below) from DMR about a Regional Mining, Development and Environmental Committee meeting to substantiate objections made against a mining right application by Ibutho Coal in the Fuleni Reserve. This meeting will take place at 10:30am, 7 April, 2016 (postponed to 22 April) at Richards Bay.…

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Reply to Ibutho Coal’s announcement on 18 November 2015

  Response: Ibutho Coal’s announcement on 18 November 2015. From: iMfolozi Community Wilderness Alliance (ICWA) ICWA considers Ibutho Coal’s announcement, on 18 November 2015, to delay the Fuleni EIA process in order to undertake “additional work” as both a clear admission and confirmation that the public participation process (PPP) conducted…

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South African Blog of the year awards

Last year our site saveourwilderness.wordpress.com achieved runner up in the SA blog of the year awards in the environment category. That was in a large part thanks to the votes of our loyal campaign supporters. We have entered again this year so would you all please express your votes again,…

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Mining company reconsiders Zululand plans

This article appeared in the Mercury on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 By Tony Carnie A MAJOR public outcry over coal mining next to Africa’s oldest game reserve and wilderness area has forced a local mining group back to the drawing board to consider its alternatives. Two years ago, the Johannesburg-based…

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