Carte-Blanche: Encroaching Risks for Mining Activists

When the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network recognised 65-year-old activist Fikile Ntshangase as its defender of the year in December, the grandmother, who had been living with her 11-year-old grandson in the rural KwaZulu-Natal village of Ophondweni near Mtubatuba, was unable to collect her award. She had been assassinated at her home in October. In a country witnessing deepening rifts between environmental activists begging for sustainable, ethical mining and a growing number of unemployed, desperate for a livelihood, Carte Blanche investigates what Ntshangase’s murder signifies for the activists still embroiled in the fight against ever-encroaching coal excavation near their homes.

BRUTAL ASSAULT OF TRESPASSERS BY ZULULAND COAL MINE & POLICE

On Thursday, the violent assaults of 11 accused trespassers by security of Zululand Anthracite Colliery and the police will be exposed in Nongoma magistrate’s court with the objective of obtaining remedial interventions for physical and psychological injuries. Nongoma, KZN – On Thursday, 3 December 2020, the case against 11 men…

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MEDIA RELEASE – Supreme Court of Appeal Application pushes for mining sector compliance

MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2 November, 2020 CONTACT: Kirsten Youens, youens@youensattorneys.co.za  Mobile 061 226 6868 Janice Tooley, janicetooley@jtaenvirolaw.com  Mobile 083 650 5691 Supreme Court of Appeal Application pushes for mining sector compliance On Tuesday, 3 November 2020, the Supreme Court of Appeal, will hear an appeal brought by GET &…

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THE KILLING OF SOMKHELE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST, FIKILE NTSHANGASE 

“I refused to sign. I cannot sell out my people. And if need be, I will die for my people.” Tragically, grandmother Fikile Ntshangase’s words became a reality when she was gunned down in her home at Ophondweni, near Mtubatuba, on the evening of 22 October 2020.  Mama Ntshangashe was…

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50|50 Documentary – ZAC Mining

The 50|50 team visited Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) on the Western border of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, near Ulundi, in August 2020 and filmed this documentary about the impacts of coal mining on the rivers and water in the region and the devastating consequences for communities, their livestock, wildlife and biodiversity. The extent of the dishonesty that emerges is a shocking indictment of the mining sector. The documentary is a tribute to Thanda Zulu who had the courage and tenacity to persist in drawing attention to the injustices in his community.

High stakes at Somkhele: Mine relocation row puts lives on the line

     May 15, 2020 Shootings, threats and other violence have ratcheted up tensions in Somkhele where a mine extension has exposed deep fault lines in a poor community. Fred Kockott and Matthew Hattingh report The Mthethwa home, near the Somkhele coal mine in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, was raked by gunfire recently while the family, including…

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A Threat More Deadly than Covid-19

Keeping safe against Covid-19 is a challenge in Somkhele, where lack of water is a serious issue, but how do you protect yourself against a hail of bullets through your kitchen and bedroom windows after dark where your children are in bed asleep?  On Friday, 24 April 2020, a grandmother…

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Appeal challenges business as usual attitude of Tendele Coal Mine

On Tuesday, 17 September 2019, at 9h30, Judge Seegobin granted the Global Environmental Trust (GET) and the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) the right to take their matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. The attendance at the application for leave to appeal in the Pietermaritzburg High…

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Leave to Appeal Granted

The application by the Global Environmental Trust (GET) and the Mfolozi Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO), for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, has been granted by Judge Rishi Seegobin . The Centre for Environmental Rights was granted the right to intervene as amicus curiae and…

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MEDIA RELEASE – Critical High Court Application pushes for mining sector compliance

On Wednesday, in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, a strong legal team is determined to ensure the right to appeal the dismissal of GET & MCEJO’s application exposing Tendele coal mine’s lack of compliance with environmental laws and the Constitution, and to ensure the mining sector complies with the law. MEDIA…

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