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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Rhino threat persists as Petmin agrees to delist from JSE – Fin24

Cape Town – Protestors demonstrated outside mining firm Petmin’s headquarters in Bryanston on Monday, as shareholders agreed to delist the company from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The protestors attempted to intercept shareholders including Investec, Old Mutual, Barclays Bank, Afena Capital and RECM to demand they divest from the firm completely.…

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Potential human rights violations in Somkhele and Fuleni

By Tamlyn Jolly THERE is renewed hope of a lifestyle change for communities living around Somkhele mine, and those to be affected by Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni mine, after the Human Rights Commission (HRC) held meetings with the communities earlier this week. ‘The meeting was very positive, in that we…

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Somkhele communities seek mine closure

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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Somkhele march organiser targeted

By Tamlyn Jolly A VEHICLE belonging to Bongani Pearce, Mpukunyoni Community Property Association Chairman (MCPA) and organiser of Monday’s march against the Mpukunyoni Traditional Council, was on Monday night burnt out and his office stoned. The incident occurred at about midnight, when Pearce was awoken by the sound of a…

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Heated confrontation at protest march

  By Tamlyn Jolly AMID threats of violence from izinduna, Mpukunyoni community members on Monday marched to the Mpukunyoni Traditional Council offices in protest against what they deem corrupt leadership. ‘Mpukunyoni Traditional Council must fall!’ was sung by the 300-strong crowd of protestors as Bongani Pearce, march organiser and Chairman…

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