Media Release: Minister Gwede Mantashe to visit the Somkhele community

Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, visits the Somkhele Community On Saturday 22nd of September 2018, Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe will finally face the community of Somkhele/Mpukunyoni. The community, which for years has suffered a number of injustices and human rights abuses under the hands of ruthless mining…

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Media Release – Summary of Proceedings: Tendele/Somkhele Coal Mining Case

MCEJO outside the Pietermaritzburg Supreme Court – photo by Rob Symons The application brought by The Global Environment Trust (GET) and members of Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organization (MCEJO) against Tendele Coal Mining (PTY) LTD, on 24 August 2018 in the Pietermaritzburg Supreme Court has been heard. Judgement to be…

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Media Release – Tendele/Somkhele Coal Mining Case

Notice: The Somkhele and Fuleni communities neighbouring the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park unite on 24th August 2018 at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in their resistance against the ongoing illegal mining by Tendele Coal Mining (PTY) LTD and its proposed expansion. PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: In an application to be heard in the…

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MEDIA RELEASE – High Court Application brought against Tendele Coal Mine

Evidence has come to light that Tendele’s open cast coal mine near the boundary of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park has been operating for 13 years without the required environmental authorisation, prompting an application to the High Court to stop operations until the mine is compliant.   PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA –…

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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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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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Demonstration targets Petmin’s key investors with demands to divest from Tendele coal mine

A noisy but peaceful demonstration, part of 350.org’s Global Divestment Mobilisation, was held outside Petmin’s head office to show major investors that Somkhele residents have many complaints about Tendele coal mine, sited near Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, in KZN.   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Surprised shareholders from Investec, Old Mutual, Nedbank,…

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Pressure on Petmin’s key Shareholders to divest as anger mounts against Tendele mine’s exploitation and expansion

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa –Demonstrators plan to intercept Petmin shareholders entering the Head Office in Bryanston when they attend the 10h00 meeting, 8 May, to approve Petmin’s delisting from the JSE. Institutions targeted to divest from Petmin’s Tendele coal mine include Investec, Old Mutual, Barclays Bank, Afena Capital, RECM. Tendele is…

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Bridge over iMfolozi River: Report back on Public Meetings

By Sheila Berry The first public participation meeting for the proposed iMfolozi bridge was held at the Mkhwanazi Traditional Council Chambers, Somkhele, at 9h00 on Thursday, 27 October 2016. The bridge is being commissioned by the Department of Transport (DoT), after being requested by Cllr. F. M. Mathe, and investigated…

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