Media Release – Application for Leave to Appeal filed – Global Environmental Trust, MCEJO and S Dladla vs Tendele Coal Mining (PTY) Ltd

PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – On Tuesday 11 December 2018 an Application for Leave to Appeal was filed in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in the case between Tendele Coal Mining (PTY) Ltd and the Global Environmental Trust (GET), the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) and a resident of Somkhele, Sabelo…

Continue reading

Tribute to Dr Ian Player

By Sheila Berry On Saturday, 1 December 2018, a ceremony was held at St Mark’s Church, Karkloof, in memory of the legendary conservationist, Dr Ian Player, who passed away four years ago on 30 November 2014. His name is inextricably linked with the saving of the White Rhino from extinction…

Continue reading

Media Release: Shock Judgement in Tendele Interdict Application

The incomprehensible judgement handed down by the Pietermaritzburg High Court this morning, 20 November 2018, dismissed with costs the application by Sabelo Dladla, the Global Environmental Trust (GET) and Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO). This will not go unchallenged. In essence, the applicants approached the High Court when their…

Continue reading

Media Release: High Court application against Tendele Coal’s additional 222km2 mining right

On 15 November 2018, MCEJO and Sabelo Dladla, with assistance from Legal Aid South Africa, filed a Review Application in the North Gauteng High Court to review and set aside the Director-General’s decision to grant Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd a further 222km2 to mine coal next to Zululand’s  flagship Game Reserve.…

Continue reading

Tribute to Judge David Ntshangase

This tribute was read on behalf of the Global Environmental Trust at the memorial service for Judge David Ntshangase on the 15 November, 2018. Greetings to everyone present. Thank you for the opportunity given to the Global Environmental Trust (GET) to say a few words at this gathering in honour…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading