uMfolozi Municipality Spatial Development Framework: Mining at Fuleni by iBhuto Coal taken as given!

The final Spatial Development Framework for the uMfolozi Municipality has been released. The uMfolozi Municipality stretches from the southern borders of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park to the coast. Map 18 on mining areas shows the area identified for coal mining running along the southern border of the HIP. What is especially…

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Update: August 2018 to Now – Status of the Save Our Wilderness campaign

The wise Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, observed more than 2500 years ago that change is the only thing that is certain. Protesting workers close Tendele mine On 24 August 2018, placard-waving workers from Tendele Coal Mine in Somkhele, stood outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court protesting against our application to close the…

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GET’s and ICWA’s concerns about the draft Luhlanga Scoping Report

Please see below the comments submitted to Chris Wright of Black Rock Environmental, by Sheila Berry on behalf of the Global Environmental Trust(GET) and the iMfolozi Communities and Wilderness Alliance(ICWA). Dear Chris   I am writing on behalf of the Global Environmental Trust (GET) as IAPs for the Luhlanga pit expansion, IWULA and Waste…

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Tribute to Dr Ian Player

By Sheila Berry On Saturday, 1 December 2018, a ceremony was held at St Mark’s Church, Karkloof, in memory of the legendary conservationist, Dr Ian Player, who passed away four years ago on 30 November 2014. His name is inextricably linked with the saving of the White Rhino from extinction…

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Sisters of the Wilderness Shines

The film, Sisters of the Wilderness, will be screened on Heritage Day, Monday, 24 September 2018, at the Isolesizwe Film Festival in Somkhele, Zululand. It will launch the community outreach and impact project that the producer, Ronit Shapiro, considers to be one of the main reasons for making the film.…

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PROSPECTING RIGHTS APPLICATION FOR IMVUKUZANE RESOURCES PUT ON HOLD – FULENI, KZN

Greenmined Environmental distributed a letter on 14 August, 2018 to Interested and Affected Parties.The letter states that the Basic Assessment process for the prospecting rights application at Fuleni by Imvukuzane Resources, has been put on hold. Herewith we would like to inform you, on behalf of the Applicant, that the…

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iMfolozi: war against mine greed – The Sunday Tribune

By Liz Clarke Enough is enough. We will not move! This is the heartfelt cry from a rural community in KwaZulu-Natal, whose members believe that ongoing coal operations affecting a wilderness area, which is home to the Big Five, has to stop. The area under threat is the iMfolozi wilderness area, part of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, where coal…

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Mystery ‘coal moles’ plan to burrow on fence-line of Africa’s oldest wilderness area – Daily Maverick

By Tony Carnie There is a creature known in Zulu as the imvukuzane. It lives underground, has sharp claws and long teeth, but its face is rarely seen. It digs big holes and leaves quite a lot of mess behind on the surface. Daily Maverick picked up the scent of…

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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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