MEDIA RELEASE – High Court Application brought against Tendele Coal Mine

Evidence has come to light that Tendele’s open cast coal mine near the boundary of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park has been operating for 13 years without the required environmental authorisation, prompting an application to the High Court to stop operations until the mine is compliant.   PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA –…

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UKZN seminar in honour of Mr Gednezar Dladla

On August 22, 2017 the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Pietermaritzburg, hosted a seminar in honour of the late Mr Gednezar Dladla. The event was organised by Dr Adrian Nel of the Faculty of Geography. Present were members of Mr Dladla’s family: his widow Mamtshali Dladla, his sisters Gerlie Dladla and…

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Update on the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign – Sept 2017

  Fuleni mine   With Ibutho Coal (Pty) Ltd having gone to ground in mid-2016, we breathed a short sigh of relief and basked in our victory. For mining to be pursued again in Fuleni, a new mining right  application and EIA process would need to instigated. For now, Fuleni…

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Notice Of Appeal Against The Granting Of Mining Right KZN 30/5/1/2/2/1004MR To Tendele Coal Mining Pty (Ltd)

The Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation​(MCEJO) ​and Mr Sabelo Dladla (the late Mr Gednezar Dladla’s son) have submitted an internal appeal to the Director-General of Mineral Resources against a decision made by the Regional Manager, KZN, to grant a mining license to Tendele Coal Mining at Somkhele for a new…

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Dangers of being a defender of environmental justice in South Africa

By Kirsten Youens, attorney specialising in environmental law and environmental justice The fifth anniversary of the Marikana mine massacre on 16 August 2017 serves as a stark reminder that mining is a very dangerous industry to oppose.   A recent report issued by Global Witness states [1] that “at least…

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Commemoration for Mr Gednezar Dladla

  On Sunday, 9 July 2017, well over a hundred people gathered at the Dladla homestead in Dubelenkhunzi village, Somkhele, near the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, to attend a commemoration for Mr Gednezar Dladla, the highly respected anti-mining activist, who died on 18 October 2015, a few days before his 60th…

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Why is Wilderness important?

Below is a letter to the SOIW campaign from Brodie Craig affirming the value of Wilderness. To Whom It May Concern, In early May of this year, I embarked on a journey through the iMfolozi Park that inspired in me a passion for conservation and protection for this harrowed land.…

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