2016 South African Blog Awards

Vote for this site and help save the iMfolozi Wilderness and the Fuleni Communities from open cast coal mining

Help us win the 2016 SA Blog Awards

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By Rob Symons

For two years running the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign website has achieved the runner up award in the Environmental category of the South African Blog of the year award.

The saveourwilderness.org website has been run by a small dedicated team, from the Global Environmental Trust with very minimal resources.

On May 1, 2015, whilst relaxing over a cup of coffee, I received a call from Sheila Berry,
"Rob, we need a website."
" Oh, OK. When?"
Before I gave it much thought I replied, "Sure", and so this site was born.

Since that day we have endeavoured to build and keep informed a supportive community worldwide. The travesty of a coal mine on the border of the iMfolozi Wilderness, Africa's oldest wilderness area, cannot be allowed to go forward.

Through the campaign we forged strong links with the communities living on the border of the iMfolozi-Hluhluwe Park. They are directly affected by Ibutho Coal's planned Fuleni open cast coal mine. Through the website we have published the story of their struggle to retain their homes and sense of place, their health, and the health of their crops and livestock.

This synthesis of a struggle for Wilderness and the struggle for Community has been notable in the history of environmental and social justice. The iMfolozi Community Wilderness Alliance (ICWA) was formed from NGO's and community organisations.

If you have enjoyed and appreciated this website I would urge you to vote by clicking on the button above. The voting phase of the competition is open until 31 December 2016.

In this period of uncertainty in the campaign, recognition of this site in the SA Blog Awards will go a long way to ensuring victory in the fight against the Fuleni Mine.


  1. Anamika Manickum

    NO to the Fuleni coal mine

  2. Well done on a great blog and thank you so much for keeping me abreast of developments in an area that is very close to my heart!

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