Ibutho Coal and its consultants, Jacana Environmentals and Naledi Developments, did not turn up in Fuleni for their scheduled 9h00 community meeting in Ntuthunga 2, yesterday, Sunday 7th September 2014. There was no apology or communication from Thembi Myeni, Ibutho Coal director and spokesperson, or from consultants, Marietjie Eksteen and Lizinda Dickson, responsible for the scoping and public participation process.
The large crowd of at least one hundred residents were angered by what they perceived as yet another example of Ibutho Coal’s disregard for the communities directly affected by the proposed open cast coal mine. A complaint already raised with Ibutho Coal concerns the expense, in terms of money and time, that Fuleni residents have had to spend on attending meetings called by the mine.
An email sent out late yesterday afternoon by Phila Ndimande, the main spokesperson for the Fuleni community, confirms that three of the four affected villages are strongly opposed to the mine. The fourth village is still to be consulted.
“We are planning to meet Chief Mthethwa early this week so as to brief him about the outcome of the meetings with the four villages. The good thing about this is 75% of communities affected by the Fuleni Mining Project have made it clear to us, as their elected representatives, that they do not want to hear anything anymore about Ibutho Coal. The mandate is clear: Thembi Myeni and Ibutho Coal must never ever come back to the villages for the same proposed mining project. Chief Mthethwa will be informed of this by us on Tuesday, 9th of September 2014. Thanks. Phila Ndimande”.
Representing Global Environmental Trust’s Subcommittee Opposing Mining Expansion (GET SOME) and the Community and Wilderness Alliance (CAWA) in the campaign to Save our Imfolozi Wilderness
8 September 2014