Commemoration for Mr Gednezar Dladla

  On Sunday, 9 July 2017, well over a hundred people gathered at the Dladla homestead in Dubelenkhunzi village, Somkhele, near the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, to attend a commemoration for Mr Gednezar Dladla, the highly respected anti-mining activist, who died on 18 October 2015, a few days before his 60th…

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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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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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iMfolozi Wilderness faces shock new coal mining threat

Plans to expand the Somkhele open cast coal mine, virtually to the border of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park’s wilderness area, were recently released by Jarmi Steyn, Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd’s Chief Operating Officer. Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd is wholly owned by JSE listed Petmin. Petmin’s success over the years has…

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Mines face fightback – The Witness

‘Coal communities’ band together against ‘company abuses’. By Chelsea Pieterse The struggle for the environment and a better future was the focus of a meeting in Northern KwaZulu-Natal of communities from all over the country who have been affected by coal mining operations. A national coal communities exchange organised by…

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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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