Fuleni mine controversy continues

  By Christa van der Walt This article appeared in the Zululand Fever on the 25 June 2014. OVER 47 000 people have already signed the AVAAZ online petition against the proposed Fuleni coal mine adjacent to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi game reserve. In addition, well over 100 registered Interested and Affected…

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There’s no shortage of tools to regulate the mines

by Lisa Chamberlain SOUTH Africa’s troubled mining industry loomed large in President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address last week, as it should have. Notably, Zuma announced the formation of an interministerial committee on the revitalisation of distressed mining communities under the leadership of the Minister in the Presidency…

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‘Mine will destabilise community’

By Tony Carnie This article appeared in the Mercury on Thursday, 26 June 2014. As a new coal mine in rural KZN looms large, the local population fears its land and community will be torn apart. THE LIVES of several hundred people in rural KwaZulu-Natal are about to be turned…

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Acid threat to St Lucia heritage site

This article appeared in the Mercury on the 17 June 2014 By Tony Carnie COAL MINE DRAINAGE COULD ENTER LAKE POLLUTION from a planned coal mine on the Imfolozi game reserve borderline is likely to ripple out much further to cause acid mine drainage and water starvation in the nearby Lake…

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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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Growing lobby fights reserve mining bid

This article appeared in the Mercury on 10 June. By Tony Carnie NEWLY-appointed mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has been urged to stop the controversial plan to blast for coal on the border of Africa’s oldest game reserve and wilderness area. The Wildlife and Environment Society was responding to proposals by…

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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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The fall of the wild?

   This article appeared in the Witness on Wednesday, 28 May By Sheila Berry Recent news of the proposed Ibutho Coal’s Fuleni opencast coal mine, sited a mere 40 to 70 metres from the southern boundary fence of the historic iMfolozi wilderness area, sent shock waves that were felt worldwide…

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‘Pull back!’ Ezemvelo’s plea to coal mining company

This Article appeared in the Mercury on Tuesday, 27 May. By Tony Carnie “Some places are sacrosanct – so please pull back and think again!” This is the plea to a mining company from KwaZulu-Natal’s official guardian of the province’s wild spaces. Responding to plans to set up an open-cast…

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