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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THE FULENI VS IBUTHO COAL MATTER: A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE

By Kirsten Youens The application we are opposing has been made by Ibutho Coal (Pty) Ltd to the Department of Mineral Resources for an open cast coal mine in a rural Zululand community, on the border of the oldest Nature Reserve in Africa, the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. The proposed mine is to…

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GET Fuleni submissions to RMDEC

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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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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Fear, intimidation and attack on Somkhele community members

Last Friday, 5 February, the Dubelenkunzi community were attempting to hold a meeting to elect representatives to continue the work of the deceased Mr Gednezar Dladla. Earlier a group had visited the police station in Mtubatuba to ask for protection because of threats from certain people in the community who…

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Anthracite mine fight gains momentum

This article was published in the Eyethu Bay Watch on September 16, 2015. By Tamlyn Jolly AS opposers of Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni anthracite project eagerly await news of the project’s progress, the fight has gained momentum as the largest collection of environmental and conservation NGOs ever, joined forces to…

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Anthracite mine ‘fatally flawed’ – Daily News

  This article was published in the Daily News on Friday, September 4, 2015. By Richard Compton THE proposed “Fuleni” anthracite mine targeted for establishment on the south-eastern border of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in Zululand has been confronted by the largest collection of environmental and conservation NGO groupings established…

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Outrage over mine plan at reserve – Witness

This article was printed in the Witness September 3, 2015. A PROPOSAL for an anthracite mine bordering the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve has been met with outrage from various conservation groups. In a press release sent by the iMfo1ozi Community Wilderness Alliance (ICWA), director Sheila Berry said no one should be…

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS WARN, ‘Zululand coal mine ‘dangerous’

By Tony Carnie ALLOWING coal mining just 40m from the borderline of Africa’s oldest game reserve would set a dangerous precedent for other companies to start mining next to, or even inside, any protected environment across the country. That’s the warning sent to national Environment minister Edna Molewa this week by attorneys acting for the Global Environmental Trust and several mine-affected communities in KwaZulu-Natal.…

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Mining ‘could ruin wilderness’

  Report warns against iMfolozi damage By Tony Carnie ONE of the last truly wild corners of ancient Africa would never be the same again — and could lose its global status as a wilderness area — if a local mining company was allowed to blast open new coal mining…

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