‘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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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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Save our Wilderness information event at Howick, KZN

Sheila Berry of the Wilderness Alliance and Sifiso Dladla of MACUA (Mining Affected Community United in Action ), will be speaking at Dovehouse Organic Farm outside Howick , on Thursday, 29 May, 17:30. This event has been kindly organised by Verdant Life and hosted by Dovehouse Organics Bring your own…

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