Unforgettable Fikile’s Golden Dream

By Sheila Berry 2021 was to be the year of jam making in Ophondweni. Not any jam but a very particular jam with the name of Qhomqhom in Zulu. This is the name given to gooseberries that grow in abundance in this part of KwaZulu Natal. Fikile had been very…

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Unforgettable Fikile

By Sheila Berry Mam Fikile Ntshangase was a shero who paid with her life for her strong belief in justice and integrity. It took 6 bullets from a hired assassin’s gun to silence this 63-year-old woman who unflinchingly spoke out against corruption, illegal actions and acts of betrayal.  Fikile’s name…

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Tribute to Baba Ndlanzi

By Sheila Berry GET, MCEJO and All Rise wish to pay belated tribute to our much-loved Baba Makwela Canaka Ndlanzi, who died on 27 August 2021. Mr Ndlanzi was a loyal member of the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) who regularly attended our community meetings. We offer our condolences…

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ZAC Attack – In honour of Ntombenhle Nene

This is the story of the struggle the late Ntombenhle Nene was engaged in at the time of her premature death, on 15 August 2021, from meningitis. It is a struggle dating back to 2015, when she and her dear friend and brother, Mlindeli Ndimande, joined other activists to challenge…

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TRIBUTE TO NTOMBENHLE NENE FROM OKHUKHO

“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.” Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) The unexpected death of Ntombenhle Nene from meningitis, on 15 August 2021, came as a great shock to those privileged to know her. The day…

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MEDIA RELEASE:MINING RIGHT FACES GROWING OPPOSITION

29 April 2021 [See below for Contacts.] MINING RIGHT FACES GROWING OPPOSITION The Gauteng High Court has accepted the intervention of four new applicants in the review of Tendele coal mine’s contested 212km2 mining right issued in 2016 by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). Pretoria, Gauteng – Judgment was…

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Press Release: Tendele Admits to Invalid Mining Right.

Tendele Mining (Pty) Limited conceded last week to a Gauteng High Court Judge that the case brought against it by the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) is valid. By doing so, the mine admits that its 212km2 mining right application was defective and should never have been granted by…

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GET SET FOR CONSTITUTIONAL COURT APPEAL

Within hours of the Supreme Court of Appeal handing down judgement on Tuesday, 9 February 2021, in the matter calling for Tendele coal mine to comply with environmental legislation, the legal team acting on instructions from the Global Environmental Trust (GET) were making plans to take the case on appeal…

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Carte-Blanche: Encroaching Risks for Mining Activists

When the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network recognised 65-year-old activist Fikile Ntshangase as its defender of the year in December, the grandmother, who had been living with her 11-year-old grandson in the rural KwaZulu-Natal village of Ophondweni near Mtubatuba, was unable to collect her award. She had been assassinated at her home in October. In a country witnessing deepening rifts between environmental activists begging for sustainable, ethical mining and a growing number of unemployed, desperate for a livelihood, Carte Blanche investigates what Ntshangase’s murder signifies for the activists still embroiled in the fight against ever-encroaching coal excavation near their homes.

BRUTAL ASSAULT OF TRESPASSERS BY ZULULAND COAL MINE & POLICE

On Thursday, the violent assaults of 11 accused trespassers by security of Zululand Anthracite Colliery and the police will be exposed in Nongoma magistrate’s court with the objective of obtaining remedial interventions for physical and psychological injuries. Nongoma, KZN – On Thursday, 3 December 2020, the case against 11 men…

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