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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Coal mine meeting is off!

By Tony Carnie The much-anticipated public showdown over the controversial coal mine next to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve has been called off until further notice. The meeting, originally scheduled for Monday morning at KwaMbonambi, was cancelled yesterday by public participation and environmental consultants acting for Ibutho Coal. The purpose of the…

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Coal mine will blast peace for thousands near game park

This article appeared in the Mercury on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 By Tony Carnie Life will never be quite the same for several thousand people next to Africa’s oldest game reserve and wilderness area if a massive new coal mine is blasted open underneath or next to their homes. A…

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Player’s legacy for SA parks

This article appeared in the Daily News on January 12, 2015. By Vivien van der Sandt When the life and work of the late great conservationist Ian Player is held on 14 January, he will be remembered for his successes in saving the rhino species and establishing the iMfolozi and St…

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Business Day: iMfolozi coal mines raise concerns

  THE coal, sand and mineral mines of KwaZulu-Natal — including illegal operations — have long worried environmental groups, who cite destruction of ecologically sensitive areas like St Lucia and the iMfolozi reserve on the North Coast. Provincial and national government have the power to act. But, say environmental activists,…

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‘Mine will destabilise community’

By Tony Carnie This article appeared in the Mercury on Thursday, 26 June 2014. As a new coal mine in rural KZN looms large, the local population fears its land and community will be torn apart. THE LIVES of several hundred people in rural KwaZulu-Natal are about to be turned…

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Acid threat to St Lucia heritage site

This article appeared in the Mercury on the 17 June 2014 By Tony Carnie COAL MINE DRAINAGE COULD ENTER LAKE POLLUTION from a planned coal mine on the Imfolozi game reserve borderline is likely to ripple out much further to cause acid mine drainage and water starvation in the nearby Lake…

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Human Impact

This is the editorial from the Mercury today, 18 June 2014 HOMO sapiens have been part of Earth’s natural community for many thousands of years, causing relatively minor changes to the structure of our planet. Our ancestors certainly used fire, axes and ploughs to clear very large tracts of land…

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