Fuleni mine controversy continues

  By Christa van der Walt This article appeared in the Zululand Fever on the 25 June 2014. OVER 47 000 people have already signed the AVAAZ online petition against the proposed Fuleni coal mine adjacent to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi game reserve. In addition, well over 100 registered Interested and Affected…

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There’s no shortage of tools to regulate the mines

by Lisa Chamberlain SOUTH Africa’s troubled mining industry loomed large in President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address last week, as it should have. Notably, Zuma announced the formation of an interministerial committee on the revitalisation of distressed mining communities under the leadership of the Minister in the Presidency…

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‘Mine will destabilise community’

By Tony Carnie This article appeared in the Mercury on Thursday, 26 June 2014. As a new coal mine in rural KZN looms large, the local population fears its land and community will be torn apart. THE LIVES of several hundred people in rural KwaZulu-Natal are about to be turned…

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Acid threat to St Lucia heritage site

This article appeared in the Mercury on the 17 June 2014 By Tony Carnie COAL MINE DRAINAGE COULD ENTER LAKE POLLUTION from a planned coal mine on the Imfolozi game reserve borderline is likely to ripple out much further to cause acid mine drainage and water starvation in the nearby Lake…

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Human Impact

This is the editorial from the Mercury today, 18 June 2014 HOMO sapiens have been part of Earth’s natural community for many thousands of years, causing relatively minor changes to the structure of our planet. Our ancestors certainly used fire, axes and ploughs to clear very large tracts of land…

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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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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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