To mine or not to mine?

A report back on the Alternative Mining Indaba which took place in Cape Town earlier this month (6th & 8th February, 2017) By Jasper Finkeldy Dark floors, white walls, conference participants in ties and formal dresses. From the red armchair in the lobby of a hotel in central Cape Town…

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Sisters of the Wilderness

Support this important social impact documentary about women’s empowerment through the power of wild nature This is an important documentary project which highlights the value of Wilderness to human well-being. This documentary will mainly be filmed in the iMfolozi Wilderness area. This pristine wilderness is home to the largest rhino…

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Mines face fightback – The Witness

‘Coal communities’ band together against ‘company abuses’. By Chelsea Pieterse The struggle for the environment and a better future was the focus of a meeting in Northern KwaZulu-Natal of communities from all over the country who have been affected by coal mining operations. A national coal communities exchange organised by…

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Wild Coast dune mining on hold

By Tony Carnie VIOLENCE and social upheaval sparked by an Australian dune-mining application on the Wild Coast has forced Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to put a halt to any mining applications in the area for 18 months. Zwane declared the moratorium in a notice in the Government Gazette last week,…

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Community celebrates as iron mine plan shelved

‘Mining is a massive eviction project, not development’, says activist By Sifiso Dladla Ululation, songs and slogans set the tone at Makhasaneni near Melmoth in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday when scores of community members gathered to celebrate the decision by Indian company Jindal Africa to shelve an application to mine their land.…

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Mining company pulls out of Wild Coast plan

By Tony Carnie FOUR months after community leader Bazooka Radebe was gunned down in front of his son, an Australian mining company says it is bailing out from its plan to mine one of the world’s biggest undeveloped mineral sand mining ventures, at Xolobeni on the Wild Coast. Mineral Resources…

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Somkhele tensions heat up

Anti-mining tensions flare up among Somkhele communities surrounding the mine By Tamlyn Jolly MORE than 100 Mpukunyoni community members feared for their lives on Monday morning after being shot at by what they thought were live rounds amid a peaceful protest outside Somkhele mine. The 120-strong crowd of protesters blocked…

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Potential human rights violations in Somkhele and Fuleni

By Tamlyn Jolly THERE is renewed hope of a lifestyle change for communities living around Somkhele mine, and those to be affected by Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni mine, after the Human Rights Commission (HRC) held meetings with the communities earlier this week. ‘The meeting was very positive, in that we…

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Somkhele communities seek mine closure

Fed-up with living in close proximity to Somkhele mine, Mpukunyoni communities seek closure of the mine By Tamlyn Jolly FOR Mpukunyoni communities living around Somkhele mine, life remains tense after pro-mining community members clashed with anti-mining activists at a community meeting. The meeting was last week called by Tendele Mining…

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Concerns over new Eteza junction

By Tamlyn Jolly Zululand Observer PROLONGED construction on a major interchange at Eteza on the N2 has got some people concerned over the reason for such a large junction, with its associated buildings. Speculation has been rife over the need for such a large junction and, since the recent erection…

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