Save our Rhino from coal mining pollution in iMfolozi

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Dear Friends and Wilderness supporters

Please join us to prevent the Fuleni open cast coal mine destroying the iMfolozi Wilderness Area, a sanctuary for endangered rhinos.

iMfolozi is the oldest protected area in Africa and has the largest concentration of rhino in South Africa. iMfolozi was established in 1895 as a sanctuary for White Rhino then on the brink of extinction.

Due to the heroic efforts of a dedicated team under Dr Ian Player iMfolozi is now home to the largest concentration of rhino in South Africa. The iMfolozi Wilderness is part of the last 1% of true wilderness left in South Africa.

The viability of iMfolozi and the health of its community are now under threat as Ibutho Coal has put in an application to mine coal on the border of the iMfolozi Wilderness area.

Two coal mines already enclose the iMfolozi Park. With this application for a third mine, iMfolozi will literally be hemmed in by mining operations. Open-cast coal mining requires a substantial amount of water, and inevitably causes widespread air, noise and water pollution. All this results in irreparable environmental damage.

South Africa has enough mines. A unique wilderness area with such a rich history can never be replaced

The Global Environmental Trust leads an alliance of local and international organisations and local communities to oppose this application. Despite this opposition Ibutho Coal has not withdrawn its application.

Now the Global Environmental Trust must take legal action to protect this pristine wilderness and save the healthy living environment for the local communities. We are determined to take this through to the constitutional court if necessary.

This legal battle against a well funded mining company will be difficult with the limited financial resources available to us.

We have kindly been assisted by Grrrowd, a global crowd funding platform to raise funds for our legal expenses.

Thank you for joining us in this battle and help us fund the legal action by visiting the link below.

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Sheila Berry

sheila.berry@globalenvironmentaltrust.org

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For further information

Please visit: saveourwilderness.wordpress.com and www.globalenvironmentaltrust.org.

Track our progress on www.facebook.com/saveourwilderness and twitter.com/saveiMfolozi

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