June 27 2014 at 12:57pm
Pretoria – Community leaders in Kwambonambi in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal insist they will not accept relocation to pave the way for a proposed open-cast anthracite coal mine.
Elders say a cloud has hung over them since news broke that iButho Coal wants to establish the 14,615ha Fuleni anthracite coal mine on the western boundary of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the country’s oldest nature reserve. It was proclaimed in 1895.
On Tuesday, one of a series of meetings was held under a thorn tree at the entrance to the Ndimande homestead.
Bhekukwenzelwa Ndimande, a community leader in the rural setting, is unwavering in his opposition to the colliery. “They are proposing to mine right on our grazing fields. We are suffering already from the existence of mines in the neighbouring communities. Our houses are cracking,” he said. “We work closely with the nature reserve to ensure that no poachers roam into their conservation. Now that they want to relocate us, they leave the animals vulnerable.” Read the rest of the article.