Growing lobby fights reserve mining bid

This article appeared in the Mercury on 10 June. By Tony Carnie NEWLY-appointed mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has been urged to stop the controversial plan to blast for coal on the border of Africa’s oldest game reserve and wilderness area. The Wildlife and Environment Society was responding to proposals by…

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Ibutho raises eyebrows and questions!

This article appeared in the Mercury on Tuesday, 27 May. By Tony Carnie Who are the big corporate players behind the controversial plan to blast open the rich anthracite coal deposits next to Africa’s oldest game reserve?  On the face of it, the main actor on stage is Ibutho Coal,…

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The fall of the wild?

   This article appeared in the Witness on Wednesday, 28 May By Sheila Berry Recent news of the proposed Ibutho Coal’s Fuleni opencast coal mine, sited a mere 40 to 70 metres from the southern boundary fence of the historic iMfolozi wilderness area, sent shock waves that were felt worldwide…

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‘Pull back!’ Ezemvelo’s plea to coal mining company

This Article appeared in the Mercury on Tuesday, 27 May. By Tony Carnie “Some places are sacrosanct – so please pull back and think again!” This is the plea to a mining company from KwaZulu-Natal’s official guardian of the province’s wild spaces. Responding to plans to set up an open-cast…

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Ian McCallum, a letter.

By Ian McCallum This letter is an appeal to the sanity and wisdom of the national government and to Ibutho Coal (Pty) Ltd. Thank you for the informative and chilling report on the proposed Ibutho coal mining venture on the southern border of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi national park. The southern section…

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Save our Wilderness information event at Howick, KZN

Sheila Berry of the Wilderness Alliance and Sifiso Dladla of MACUA (Mining Affected Community United in Action ), will be speaking at Dovehouse Organic Farm outside Howick , on Thursday, 29 May, 17:30. This event has been kindly organised by Verdant Life and hosted by Dovehouse Organics Bring your own…

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Call for names of those eyeing coal mining near game park

This article appeared in the Mercury on 14 May 2014 By Tony Carnie The names of all the companies, directors and shareholders who hoped to profit from a coal-mining venture on the fence-line of Imfolozi game reserve must be disclosed immediately, anti-mining campaigners demanded yesterday. Junior mining company Ibutho Coal…

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Mining threat to Wilderness reserve

  This article appeared in the Mercury on 12 May 2014 By Tony Carnie DYNAMITE, dust, floodlights and convoys of coal trucks threaten to shatter the tranquillity of one of Africa’s oldest game reserves and “wilderness” areas. A mining group is planning to blast open a new coal mine on…

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Letter from Lewis Pugh

  14 May 2014 Dear Editor It has been my privilege to explore some of the most incredible parts of our planet, including the North Pole, the Antarctic and the Himalayas, and I have made it my life’s work to campaign to protect many of them. A few years ago…

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