2016 South African Blog Awards

By Rob SymonsFor two years running the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign website has achieved the runner up award in the Environmental category of the South African Blog of the year award.The saveourwilderness.org website has been run by a small dedicated team, from the Global Environmental Trust with very minimal…

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Tribute to Andrew Ewing

Tribute to Andrew Robert Ewing 12/5/1943-19/11/2016 – Founder of the Global Environmental Trust By Sheila Berry It is a momentous and sad occasion in the history of an organisation when the founder passes away.  On Saturday, 19 November 2016, Andrew Robert Ewing, the founder of the Global Environmental Trust (GET)…

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Grrrowd becomes “The Crowd Versus”

The Crowd versus Ibutho Coal Since the inception of our campaign to Save our iMfolozi Wilderness from the application to mine coal at Fuleni by Ibutho Coal, Grrrowd has stood steadfastly beside us. Grrowd was originally formed in 2014 at the Hague, in the Netherlands, with the intention to crowdfund for campaigns for social and…

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The experience of a trail

Sheila Berry, spokesperson for ICWA and the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness campaign, recently received this letter from Sabelo Dladla. Sabelo is the son of the late Mr Gednezar Dladla, who was a stalwart in the struggle by the community against the Somkhele Anthracite Mine. He is currently studying Ecotourism Management…

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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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GOVERNMENT IGNORING PROVEN ‘GREEN ECONOMY’ FOR MINING

  By Richard Compton The SA government is either marginalising or intentionally ignoring investment in the eco-tourism and related ‘green’ industries that hold such profitable potential for thousands of hectares of community-owned landholdings throughout KZN. Instead, “spurious, quick-fix solutions” like inappropriate mining locations are being encouraged that are stifling the…

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Jim Feely and iMfolozi

Jim Feely’s Role in Creating the iMfolozi Wilderness Area We hereby wish to record and honour the direct link between the late Jim Feely and the iMfolozi Wilderness Area we are fighting so hard to protect from Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni open cast coal mine. When Ian Player was in…

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Why is iMfolozi important to me?

  A letter to the Wilderness Leadership School by Kris Marais Hello WLS, My name is Kris Marais. My best friend, William Elliott and I walked the iMfolozi in 2002 and 2003 with Paul Cryer and Manhla. I also did the 10 day trail in 2004 with Julia my partner…

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Is absolutely nowhere safe from mining?

    This article appeared in the Independent on Saturday, on October 3, 2015. Conservationists outraged over proposed coal mine on HiP border Private game farm and lodge owners in Zululand have expressed their “horror and outrage” at news that a coal mine could be developed right on the boundary…

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS WARN, ‘Zululand coal mine ‘dangerous’

By Tony Carnie ALLOWING coal mining just 40m from the borderline of Africa’s oldest game reserve would set a dangerous precedent for other companies to start mining next to, or even inside, any protected environment across the country. That’s the warning sent to national Environment minister Edna Molewa this week by attorneys acting for the Global Environmental Trust and several mine-affected communities in KwaZulu-Natal.…

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