A message from Mama Khuluse

A message from Mama Khuluse to hundreds of guests who attended her  80th birthday in Ocilwane, Fuleni, on 30 July 2022: “Even if I turn 100, I will be ready to march or toyi toyi against any mining proposal whenever it is needed ….  With my whole heart I do not…

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URGENT – REGISTER AS AN IAP & SUBMIT COMMENTS FOR IMVUKUZANE’S PROSPECTING APPLICATION – DUE 17h00 FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

This is to alert you to another prospecting application by Imvukuzane Resources for coal mining in the Fuleni Reserve situated on the south-eastern boundary of the iMfolozi Wilderness Area.. This is the third time the Fuleni communities are being subjected to the stress of facing a coal mine imposed on…

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Community Rights Vindicated against Unscrupulous Department of Minerals and Energy and “Egregious” Mining Company

This article was first published on the website of All Rise – Attorneys for climate and environmental justice Judgment  in the long-standing matter of MCEJO and Others v Minister of Minerals and Energy and Others was handed down on the evening of 4 May 2022.  In her well-reasoned 48-page judgment…

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Appeal to Department of Water and Sanitation to take action for Jahidada

On Friday, 14 January 2022, an impassioned plea was sent to Siyabonga Buthelezi, Scientific Manager at the Department of Water & Sanitation Affairs to intervene and compel ZAC to provide emergency drinking water to the Jahidada community. The community is downstream from ZAC and is dependent on the Black Mfolozi…

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ZAC’s Most Recent Human Rights Violations

Judging by ZAC’s incompetence, dereliction of duties and serious omissions spotlighted since 24 December 2021 that provide grounds for criminal liability, one would be forgiven for thinking that ZAC is a new kid on the mining block. However, ZAC has been operating for almost 40 years in the area.  After…

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Letter to CEO: Zululand Anthracite Colliery

Hazardous contaminated water flooded the area around ZAC on 24 December 2021 and also polluted in the Black Mfolozi River before it entered the nearby Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. An accredited expert with appropriate experience is needed to clean up and rehabilitate the area, if the situation is not to be…

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ZAC’s Christmas Contamination Crisis

On Christmas eve, while most South Africans were looking forward to an enjoyable festive season, the residents of Okhukho were inundated by a flood of contaminated water from Zululand Anthracite Colliery’s breached pollution control dam. They watched with dismay as the floodwaters turned the dead Umvalo River into a raging…

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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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