Summary of Court papers – Global Environmental Trust and Others vs Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd and Others

By Kirsten Youens Our court hearing against Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd and Others is set down for 24 August 2018. Here is a very brief summary of the papers:   Our Founding Papers request the Court to grant an interdict preventing Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd from operating their…

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Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign – Update Jan 2018

By Rob Symons I trust all all our supporters and the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness community have had a good holiday season and are off to prosperous New Year. We have seen significant developments in our campaign through 2017 so here is a concise update of where we are. Ibutho…

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Tribute to Wally Menne

By Sheila Berry A week ago, on Thursday 26 October 2017, one of KZN’s most dedicated and well-known activists, Wally Menne, unexpectedly passed away.  His sad death, at 66 years old, leaves a huge void. He is survived by his wife, Rose Williams, Director of Biowatch, and three sons, Adam, Robus…

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The North Coast Courier – Court application against coal mine near Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

 The park is home to the largest concentration of Southern White Rhino in the world and this is a highly sensitive environmental area By Allan Troskie The High Court has been asked to put a stop to the open cast coal mine near the boundary of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park,…

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Zululand Observer – Court asked to stop Tendele mine operations

  The High Court application has been brought against Tendele Mining by two NGOs and a Somkhele resident By Tamlyn Jolly THE Global Environmental Trust (GET) has led a High Court application against Tendele Mining as well as various government entities for non-compliance. The applicants allege Tendele Mining’s Somkhele mine…

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UKZN seminar in honour of Mr Gednezar Dladla

On August 22, 2017 the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Pietermaritzburg, hosted a seminar in honour of the late Mr Gednezar Dladla. The event was organised by Dr Adrian Nel of the Faculty of Geography. Present were members of Mr Dladla’s family: his widow Mamtshali Dladla, his sisters Gerlie Dladla and…

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Update on the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign – Sept 2017

  Fuleni mine   With Ibutho Coal (Pty) Ltd having gone to ground in mid-2016, we breathed a short sigh of relief and basked in our victory. For mining to be pursued again in Fuleni, a new mining right  application and EIA process would need to instigated. For now, Fuleni…

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Notice Of Appeal Against The Granting Of Mining Right KZN 30/5/1/2/2/1004MR To Tendele Coal Mining Pty (Ltd)

The Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation​(MCEJO) ​and Mr Sabelo Dladla (the late Mr Gednezar Dladla’s son) have submitted an internal appeal to the Director-General of Mineral Resources against a decision made by the Regional Manager, KZN, to grant a mining license to Tendele Coal Mining at Somkhele for a new…

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Dangers of being a defender of environmental justice in South Africa

By Kirsten Youens, attorney specialising in environmental law and environmental justice The fifth anniversary of the Marikana mine massacre on 16 August 2017 serves as a stark reminder that mining is a very dangerous industry to oppose.   A recent report issued by Global Witness states [1] that “at least…

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