Implications of the Landmark Constitutional Court decision for mining affected communities

  Yesterday’s ConCourt decision is a hugely significant decision for communities and land owners. It means that mining companies who have obtained a mining right cannot simply go onto the land and start mining, as they could to date, even without the agreement of the land rights holder. The Court…

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Letter to DMR Task Team for Somkhele

Below is the letter from Youens Attorneys to the Department of Mineral Resources Task Team for Somkhele. The meeting between the Task Team and the Somkhele Communities on 1 October 2018, was cancelled by the Mayor of Mtubatuba.

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Mayor cancels meeting with DMR Task Team and Somkhele community

  “I am astounded at the lack of respect given to my clients in these forums. The Agenda was particularly offensive after the tumultuous events in Somkhele and Xolobeni two weeks earlier and given that we attended a meeting where DMR would finally be listening to grievances of the community.…

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STORMS DURING MINISTER MANTASHE’S WHIRLWIND TOUR OF KZN & XOLOBENI

By Sheila Berry Minister Mantashe’s whirlwind three day roadshow to major mining hotspots in KZN and the Eastern Cape last weekend has understandably focussed on the arrest of human rights attorney Richard Spoor and the tear gassing and use of stun grenades against protesting Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) members in…

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Sisters of the Wilderness Shines

The film, Sisters of the Wilderness, will be screened on Heritage Day, Monday, 24 September 2018, at the Isolesizwe Film Festival in Somkhele, Zululand. It will launch the community outreach and impact project that the producer, Ronit Shapiro, considers to be one of the main reasons for making the film.…

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Media Release: Minister Gwede Mantashe to visit the Somkhele community

Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, visits the Somkhele Community On Saturday 22nd of September 2018, Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe will finally face the community of Somkhele/Mpukunyoni. The community, which for years has suffered a number of injustices and human rights abuses under the hands of ruthless mining…

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Law Applies to All – except to Tendele

  Two hundred members of the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) from Somkhele and Fuleni, in Zululand, held a peaceful but powerful demonstration outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday to draw attention to their strong opposition to the Tendele coal mine accused of operating without the required authorisations…

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Media Release – Summary of Proceedings: Tendele/Somkhele Coal Mining Case

MCEJO outside the Pietermaritzburg Supreme Court – photo by Rob Symons The application brought by The Global Environment Trust (GET) and members of Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organization (MCEJO) against Tendele Coal Mining (PTY) LTD, on 24 August 2018 in the Pietermaritzburg Supreme Court has been heard. Judgement to be…

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PROSPECTING RIGHTS APPLICATION FOR IMVUKUZANE RESOURCES PUT ON HOLD – FULENI, KZN

Greenmined Environmental distributed a letter on 14 August, 2018 to Interested and Affected Parties.The letter states that the Basic Assessment process for the prospecting rights application at Fuleni by Imvukuzane Resources, has been put on hold. Herewith we would like to inform you, on behalf of the Applicant, that the…

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