Registered objectors not invited to Fuleni meeting

By Tamlyn Jolly Zululand Observer May 5, 2016 DESPITE more than 100 interested and affected parties (IAPs) who registered their objections to Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni mine, only 89 were officially invited to the recent Regional Mining Development Environmental Committee (RMDEC) meeting in Nseleni. RMDEC is a statutory body of…

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Communities prevent mining site visit

Fuleni communities are doing everything in their power to prevent the mine from going ahead By Tamlyn Jolly Zululand Observer April 26, 2016 MORE than 1000 Fuleni residents blockaded roads leading to the site of Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni mine last Thursday, to force the Regional Mining Development Environmental Committee…

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‘16 000 homes to be demolished’ for proposed mine – Kwazulu Natal (The Mercury)

By Bongani Hans Enraged members of a rural community neighbouring the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park are up in arms, defending their land and saying they do not want a proposed coal mine. The stand-off is not only between community members and Ibutho Coal, which intends to mine on the land, as locals…

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Activists maintain their anti-mining stance

8 Apr 2016 The Mercury Thami Magubane Activists maintain their anti-mining stance THE murder of an anti-mining activist on the Wild Coast, in the Eastern Cape, has served to strengthen the resolve of other anti-mining activists in the area to make sure that no mining takes place there. This was…

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Somkhele march organiser targeted

By Tamlyn Jolly A VEHICLE belonging to Bongani Pearce, Mpukunyoni Community Property Association Chairman (MCPA) and organiser of Monday’s march against the Mpukunyoni Traditional Council, was on Monday night burnt out and his office stoned. The incident occurred at about midnight, when Pearce was awoken by the sound of a…

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Heated confrontation at protest march

  By Tamlyn Jolly AMID threats of violence from izinduna, Mpukunyoni community members on Monday marched to the Mpukunyoni Traditional Council offices in protest against what they deem corrupt leadership. ‘Mpukunyoni Traditional Council must fall!’ was sung by the 300-strong crowd of protestors as Bongani Pearce, march organiser and Chairman…

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SOMKHELE COMMUNITY MARCH AGAINST CORRUPTION AND COAL MINE

13 – 15 March 2016 SOMKHELE COMMUNITY MARCH AGAINST CORRUPTION AND COAL MINE By China Ngubane, CCS On Sunday 13 March the Mpukunyoni Community Property Association (MPCA) gathered for a media briefing regarding the march planned for the following day. Bongani Pearce; convener of the march, also Chairperson for MCPA…

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SOIW website runner up in SA Blog Awards 2015

  The SOIW website has done it again! We have achieved runner up in the environmental category of the South African Blog Awards 2015, for the second time running. I wish to thank a dedicated team for all the input and hope that this achievement will further the publicity for…

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iMfolozi is a National Heritage

This article appeared in the Cape Times on January 15, 2016. By Richard Compton The proposed establishment of a vast and hugely controversial 32-year long, open-pit, anthracite coal mine right on the boundary (within 60 meters) of iMfolozi Game Reserve in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, has predictably unleashed howls of opposition –…

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WHAT IS THIS DEMOCRACY WE SPEAK OF?

  This post is available in Zulu – IYIPHI LENTANDOYENINGI ESIKHULUMA NGAYO? By Sifiso Dladla I often ask myself what democracy means. Sometimes I think government considers just holding elections are enough to wave this flag. But when it comes to ordinary people voicing opposition to matters they don’t agree with,…

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