New Mining Threat Looms – Zululand Observer

By Tamlyn Jolly Just as the dust had settled on the Fuleni communities’ successful fight against an opencast mine on their doorstep, another mining company has applied for a prospecting licence in the same area. After much protesting and hostility from the Fuleni communities, Ibutho Coal in 2016 gave up…

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Appeal against granting of 222 km2 mining right to Tendele Coal mine rejected by DMR

Our ​appeal​ against the issuing of a 222 square km mining right (Area 4 and 5 on the map) has been rejected by the Minister of Mineral Resources. On 31 August 2017 the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation​(MCEJO) ​and Mr Sabelo Dladla (the late Mr Gednezar Dladla’s son) submitted an ​internal…

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Retired Judge David Ntshangase supports Somkhele Community

The Somkhele community, GET and MCEJO are honoured to have the support of retired Judge David Ntshangase. He currently chairs the Marikana panel of experts tasked with investigating the nature of public order policing in South Africa, and the use of weaponry by security forces during protests. He lives in…

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Hope for Somkhele, Place of Pain

“On Thursday, 15 February 2018, one hundred and twenty people gathered in Somkhele, near the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, to document stories of how their lives have been devastated by Tendele coal mine for the past thirteen years. This brings hope that life in Somkhele is going to change for the…

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Fighting destructive mining in South Africa: help MACUA activists raise profile of “right to say No!” campaign

Mining Affected Communities in United Action started this petition to the South African Department of Mineral Resources and 3 others Mining-affected communities are repeatedly denied what is known as the right to free prior and informed consent (FPIC) when it comes to mining developments in their backyard. You can help them fight for a Right to…

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Urgent letter to DMR

RE: NOTICE OF APPEAL AGAINST THE GRANTING OF MINING RIGHT KZN30/5/1/2/2/1004MR TO TENDELE COAL MINING PTY (LTD) A letter has been sent to the Department of Mineral Resources by Kirsten Youens of Youens Attorneys. This is in response to information received that Tendele Coal Mining is mining in an area…

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Dead Cat and Arson Fail to Intimidate Somkhele Activist

Early Sunday morning, 25th February 2018, Bongani Pearce, an activist well-known in Somkhele for challenging Tendele Coal Mining, woke up to the gruesome find of a dead cat’s body in the middle of his yard.  While he was still in shock about the dead cat, he noticed that two wooden…

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Zululand Observer – Anti-mining activists prepare for battle

By Tamlyn Jolly ANTI-MINING activists are readying for a fight as their court hearing against Tendele Mining Ltd and Others is set for 24 August. Arguing that Tendele, owners of the Somkhele opencast anthracite mine near Mtubatuba, is operating unlawfully for a number of reasons, the Global Environmental Trust (GET)…

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Two Day Report of the meeting held in Somkhele 26&27 Jan 2018 – Hosted by the MACUA/MCEJO (NGO) and GET

By Oscar Gwala On the 26th January 2018, the first day of a two day workshop, 17 participants attended: 7 males and 10 females representing the 6 Somkhele villages directly affected by the Tendele coal mine, namely: Kwamyeki, Dubelenkunzi, Mahhujini, Qubuka, Emachibini and lastly Esiyembeni. The day started off with…

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Summary of Court papers – Global Environmental Trust and Others vs Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd and Others

By Kirsten Youens Our court hearing against Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd and Others is set down for 24 August 2018. Here is a very brief summary of the papers:   Our Founding Papers request the Court to grant an interdict preventing Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd from operating their…

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