A trail that accentuates the value of wilderness

By Rob Symons I am in the fortunate position to be an Organic Farmer who is very involved in the campaign to save the iMfolozi Wilderness from a coal mine. So let me digress for a while from the usual subjects of the Farm Gate and speak instead from the…

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Mining ‘could ruin wilderness’

  Report warns against iMfolozi damage By Tony Carnie ONE of the last truly wild corners of ancient Africa would never be the same again — and could lose its global status as a wilderness area — if a local mining company was allowed to blast open new coal mining…

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Rewilding: A poem by Ian McCallum

REWILDING Awake … I am both predator and prey, every sense pricked to the signals of danger, meat, fertility and homecoming. Alert … I know about narrow escapes. I have learned from my scars the art of rewilding … to see before I’m seen and to listen. Every shadow is…

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Daily Maverick: Rape of a conservation area: iMfolozi Wilderness versus Ibutho Coal

By Braam Malherbe The iMfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal is fighting battles on many fronts. Human settlements, agriculture, poaching and mining are all challenging the existence of this important wilderness area. We must consider the impact of coal mining on the boundary of iMfolozi, specifically regarding the proposed Fuleni mine,…

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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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Ibutho raises eyebrows and questions!

This article appeared in the Mercury on Tuesday, 27 May. By Tony Carnie Who are the big corporate players behind the controversial plan to blast open the rich anthracite coal deposits next to Africa’s oldest game reserve?  On the face of it, the main actor on stage is Ibutho Coal,…

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Ian McCallum, a letter.

By Ian McCallum This letter is an appeal to the sanity and wisdom of the national government and to Ibutho Coal (Pty) Ltd. Thank you for the informative and chilling report on the proposed Ibutho coal mining venture on the southern border of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi national park. The southern section…

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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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Letter from Lewis Pugh

  14 May 2014 Dear Editor It has been my privilege to explore some of the most incredible parts of our planet, including the North Pole, the Antarctic and the Himalayas, and I have made it my life’s work to campaign to protect many of them. A few years ago…

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