iMfolozi Wilderness faces shock new coal mining threat

Plans to expand the Somkhele open cast coal mine, virtually to the border of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park’s wilderness area, were recently released by Jarmi Steyn, Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd’s Chief Operating Officer. Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd is wholly owned by JSE listed Petmin. Petmin’s success over the years has…

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To mine or not to mine?

A report back on the Alternative Mining Indaba which took place in Cape Town earlier this month (6th & 8th February, 2017) By Jasper Finkeldy Dark floors, white walls, conference participants in ties and formal dresses. From the red armchair in the lobby of a hotel in central Cape Town…

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SOIW website winner in SA Blog Awards 2016, Best Environmental blog

We finally did it. After two years of achieving runner up in the Environmental category for the SA Blog Awards, our SOIW website was announced winner in the 2016 awards. Thank you to all our supporters for voting for us and to our small but dedicated team for the encouragement…

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The importance of being a social movement activist in South Africa’s battle for clean energy

The decision-making framework provided by the South African constitution after the dawn of democracy highlights the importance of stakeholder engagement, thus increasing the power of activism. Vast stretches of the country are now earmarked for unconventional oil and gas exploration. Activists need to be vigilant that no application goes unchallenged.…

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Sisters of the Wilderness

Support this important social impact documentary about women’s empowerment through the power of wild nature This is an important documentary project which highlights the value of Wilderness to human well-being. This documentary will mainly be filmed in the iMfolozi Wilderness area. This pristine wilderness is home to the largest rhino…

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2016 South African Blog Awards

Vote for this site and help save the iMfolozi Wilderness and the Fuleni Communities from open cast coal mining Help us win the 2016 SA Blog Awards By Rob Symons For two years running the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign website has achieved the runner up award in the Environmental…

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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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No News

By Rob Symons As I write this mid-November 2016, we have not heard anything from iButho Coal or the Department of Mineral Resources in connection with the proposed open cast coal mine in Fuleni on the border of the iMfolozi Wilderness area. The situation has not changed much since this…

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Bridge over iMfolozi River: Report back on Public Meetings

By Sheila Berry The first public participation meeting for the proposed iMfolozi bridge was held at the Mkhwanazi Traditional Council Chambers, Somkhele, at 9h00 on Thursday, 27 October 2016. The bridge is being commissioned by the Department of Transport (DoT), after being requested by Cllr. F. M. Mathe, and investigated…

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Cultural day – Ocilwane Village

The Ocilwane Village community  hosted a cultural  day on Thursday 29 September, 2016. The day was well attended by young people from all around the Fuleni area. The event was organised by Phila Ndimande and kindly sponsored by KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Enjoy the fun! (please click on…

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