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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Petmin’s Tendele security illegally remove Somkhele residents protecting their ancestral graves from bulldozers

On Monday morning, 22 May 2017, Tendele mine’s security guards removed six Somkhele community members from protecting ancestral graves that are being threatened by earth moving equipment at KwaQubuka, where the mine is expanding.  The six descendants were taken to the mine management and the police were called in.  …

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Granting of Interdict Highlights Human Rights Abuses

  Pietermaritzburg – A peaceful demonstration outside the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, on Monday, 15 May, highlights 10 years of conflict between the Somkhele community (part of Mpukunyoni) and Petmin’s Tendele coal mine.  The matter being heard concerned three interdicts issued against the Mpukunyoni Community Property Association (MCPA) and chairman,…

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Rhino threat persists as Petmin agrees to delist from JSE – Fin24

Cape Town – Protestors demonstrated outside mining firm Petmin’s headquarters in Bryanston on Monday, as shareholders agreed to delist the company from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The protestors attempted to intercept shareholders including Investec, Old Mutual, Barclays Bank, Afena Capital and RECM to demand they divest from the firm completely.…

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Mining poses threat to iMfolozi wilderness zone

Petmin group subsidiary told Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife it wants to extract anthracite on border of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park By Tony Carnie One of the world’s oldest game reserves and a cradle of African rhino conservation is under threat by a coal-mining venture that could wreck one of Africa’s most iconic wilderness…

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