Appeal Letter to Affirm the Value of Wilderness

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To All Wilderness defenders

This is a particularly urgent appeal for letters from local and international people, who love iMfolozi, to support us in protecting this valuable and historic place.  We need you to write expressing  your appreciation of the value of the wilderness you experienced and the benefit it has brought to your life.

A very dark cloud threatens to encircle the internationally famed iMfolozi Wilderness area (part of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park – HiP).   Ibutho Coal has applied for a vast section of land right on the south-eastern boundary fence of the Wilderness Area, where it plans to establish its polluting Fuleni open-cast coal mine. The mine’s 32-year long activity will have severe and indisputably damaging impacts on the ‘Sense of Place’ of the entire park, and particularly the Wilderness Area, its  wildlife and natural resources.  It will also devastate the lives of thousands of people living in the seven Fuleni villages directly in the path of the mine, many of whom will be displaced to places as yet unidentified.

We are currently at a critical time in our campaign to stop this madness!  The cumulative impacts of the Fuleni mine: its vibrations, light, dust and water pollution and the inevitable infestation of alien plants in this protected area, will extend as far as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site.

Your correspondence will form part of our campaign to impress on government decision-makers, amongst others, that the location of this mine simply cannot be entertained.

We need your voices like never before!

Please visit our home and action pages for information on the campaign. For the latest news follow our blog .

To submit your letter please fill in the form below or send an email to: comments@globalenvironmentaltrust.org

You might wish to write directly to the following authorities

DEDTEA (provincial): Dr William Mngoma william.mngoma@kzndae.gov.za and Mr Muziwandile Mdamba  mdambam@kznded.gov.za and Sibusisiwe Mngoma MngomaS@kznded.gov.za

DMR (provincial):  The Regional Manager: Mr Karoon Moodley Karoon.Moodley@dmr.gov.za and Ms HNP Mdakane nontobeko.mdakane@dmr.gov.za

 

Please consider making a donation to support the important Save Our Wilderness campaign https://saveourwilderness.org/donations/

Regards

Sheila Berry

Campaign Director for the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign

 

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