Pressure on Petmin’s key Shareholders to divest as anger mounts against Tendele mine’s exploitation and expansion

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa –Demonstrators plan to intercept Petmin shareholders entering the Head Office in Bryanston when they attend the 10h00 meeting, 8 May, to approve Petmin’s delisting from the JSE. Institutions targeted to divest from Petmin’s Tendele coal mine include Investec, Old Mutual, Barclays Bank, Afena Capital, RECM. Tendele is…

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Mining poses threat to iMfolozi wilderness zone

Petmin group subsidiary told Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife it wants to extract anthracite on border of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park By Tony Carnie One of the world’s oldest game reserves and a cradle of African rhino conservation is under threat by a coal-mining venture that could wreck one of Africa’s most iconic wilderness…

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iMfolozi Wilderness faces shock new coal mining threat

Plans to expand the Somkhele open cast coal mine, virtually to the border of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park’s wilderness area, were recently released by Jarmi Steyn, Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd’s Chief Operating Officer. Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd is wholly owned by JSE listed Petmin. Petmin’s success over the years has…

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To mine or not to mine?

A report back on the Alternative Mining Indaba which took place in Cape Town earlier this month (6th & 8th February, 2017) By Jasper Finkeldy Dark floors, white walls, conference participants in ties and formal dresses. From the red armchair in the lobby of a hotel in central Cape Town…

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In Defence of Life

Watch In Defence of Life and learn how courageous front line communities are standing up against mining and winning! Following the trials and triumphs of men and women in Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa and Romania, the film shows that, despite all the odds, small, determined communities can successfully protect…

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Somkhele march organiser targeted

By Tamlyn Jolly A VEHICLE belonging to Bongani Pearce, Mpukunyoni Community Property Association Chairman (MCPA) and organiser of Monday’s march against the Mpukunyoni Traditional Council, was on Monday night burnt out and his office stoned. The incident occurred at about midnight, when Pearce was awoken by the sound of a…

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Heated confrontation at protest march

  By Tamlyn Jolly AMID threats of violence from izinduna, Mpukunyoni community members on Monday marched to the Mpukunyoni Traditional Council offices in protest against what they deem corrupt leadership. ‘Mpukunyoni Traditional Council must fall!’ was sung by the 300-strong crowd of protestors as Bongani Pearce, march organiser and Chairman…

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Department of Mineral Resources notice of meeting to substantiate objections to application by Ibutho Coal

We have just received notification (see below) from DMR about a Regional Mining, Development and Environmental Committee meeting to substantiate objections made against a mining right application by Ibutho Coal in the Fuleni Reserve. This meeting will take place at 10:30am, 7 April, 2016 (postponed to 22 April) at Richards Bay.…

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SOMKHELE COMMUNITY MARCH AGAINST CORRUPTION AND COAL MINE

13 – 15 March 2016 SOMKHELE COMMUNITY MARCH AGAINST CORRUPTION AND COAL MINE By China Ngubane, CCS On Sunday 13 March the Mpukunyoni Community Property Association (MPCA) gathered for a media briefing regarding the march planned for the following day. Bongani Pearce; convener of the march, also Chairperson for MCPA…

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Fear, intimidation and attack on Somkhele community members

Last Friday, 5 February, the Dubelenkunzi community were attempting to hold a meeting to elect representatives to continue the work of the deceased Mr Gednezar Dladla. Earlier a group had visited the police station in Mtubatuba to ask for protection because of threats from certain people in the community who…

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