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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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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Mines face fightback – The Witness

‘Coal communities’ band together against ‘company abuses’. By Chelsea Pieterse The struggle for the environment and a better future was the focus of a meeting in Northern KwaZulu-Natal of communities from all over the country who have been affected by coal mining operations. A national coal communities exchange organised by…

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Wild Coast dune mining on hold

By Tony Carnie VIOLENCE and social upheaval sparked by an Australian dune-mining application on the Wild Coast has forced Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to put a halt to any mining applications in the area for 18 months. Zwane declared the moratorium in a notice in the Government Gazette last week,…

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THE FULENI VS IBUTHO COAL MATTER: A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE

By Kirsten Youens The application we are opposing has been made by Ibutho Coal (Pty) Ltd to the Department of Mineral Resources for an open cast coal mine in a rural Zululand community, on the border of the oldest Nature Reserve in Africa, the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. The proposed mine is to…

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Update on the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign

  I am sure most keen supporters of the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign have been wondering what has been happening since April this year, when there was a flurry of activity around the visit of  the Regional Mining Development And Environmental Committee (RMDC), to Fuleni. That series of events was covered in…

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Ubambano Youth Organisation

By Mxolisi Phakathi There is a lot of talent amongst the youth in rural Zululand. To encourage and develop this talent, Thembokwakhe Shosi and I, Mxolisi Phakathi, recently formed the Ubambano Youth Organisation. Thembokwakhe is a Civil Engineer and I will graduate from the University of Zululand with a B.Ed…

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