The Guardian: Mining poses new threat to world’s greatest rhino sanctuary

Plans for an opencast coalmine on the boundary of South Africa’s Hluhluwe-Imfolozi reserve could pave the way for even greater poaching and pollution The surface of a pool near the Imfolozi river ripples as a white rhino, its young calf close by, lowers its mouth to drink. Rhinos have roamed…

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Final Scoping report available

  Yesterday afternoon a notification was sent out informing IAPs of the availability of the final Fuleni Scoping Report for the proposed open cast coal mine on the southern boundary of the iMfolozi Wilderness Area. The email was sent by Mrs Lizinda Dickson, Public Participation Manager for Naledi Consultants, in…

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Coalition launches latest salvo in battle to stop iMfolozi coal mine

  Minister urged to end ‘mining as usual’ and prevent ‘land grab’ following unlawful prospecting process   Johannesburg – With opposition to a proposed coal mine on the border of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi park gathering pace, a coalition of community and conservation groups has written to the Minister of Mineral Resources,…

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Proposed coal mine stokes residents’ ire

  By Vivien van der Sandt This article appeared in the Daily News on Monday, 30 June 2014. A NORTHERN KwaZulu-Natal community that faces being uprooted if a proposed coal mine is approved have said their neighbours’ bitter experience with a mining company had largely influenced their decision to oppose…

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Community won’t budge for coal mine

June 27 2014 at 12:57pm By SAPA Pretoria – Community leaders in Kwambonambi in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal insist they will not accept relocation to pave the way for a proposed open-cast anthracite coal mine. Elders say a cloud has hung over them since news broke that iButho Coal wants to…

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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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