A trail that accentuates the value of wilderness

By Rob Symons I am in the fortunate position to be an Organic Farmer who is very involved in the campaign to save the iMfolozi Wilderness from a coal mine. So let me digress for a while from the usual subjects of the Farm Gate and speak instead from the…

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Ibutho Coal must leave us alone

This is a letter by a community member, addressed to the editor of the Mercury in response to an article by Tony Carnie – “Nearly 1 000 face removal by mine”. It was published in the Mercury on June 29, 2015. Dear Mr Editor I am writing to say thank…

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Mining ‘could ruin wilderness’

  Report warns against iMfolozi damage By Tony Carnie ONE of the last truly wild corners of ancient Africa would never be the same again — and could lose its global status as a wilderness area — if a local mining company was allowed to blast open new coal mining…

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Nearly 1 000 face removal by mine

By Tony Carnie ALMOST 1 000 people stand to be removed from their homes to make way for the controversial coal mine planned on the southern border of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve. Several of the oldest residents facing relocation have already been shifted previously, having been forcibly removed from Empangeni…

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IBUTHO COAL SENT PACKING FOR A SECOND TIME IN ONE WEEK – 20 May 2015

  An attempt by Ibutho Coal and its consultants to piggy-back on a municipal gathering on the morning of 20 May 2015, to open a new crèche in Novunula, was thwarted when angry residents threatened to disrupt the event unless Ibutho Coal was told to leave. The Mfolozi municipal officials…

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COMMUNITY OUTRAGE AT IBUTHO COAL’S EIA MEETING – 17 MAY 2015

FULENI COMMUNITIES TELL IBUTHO COAL DIRECTORS TO GO AND NOT RETURN Over a thousand vocal Fuleni residents gathered at Ntuthunga 2, yesterday, Sunday, 17 May 2015, at 10h00, for a meeting called by Ibutho Coal to present information about the EIA report. The reason given for the meeting was that…

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Don’t take what belongs to us

By Robby Mokgalaka Hell hath no fury as a community united against coal mining! “Do not call another meeting. Ocilwane (Part of  Fuleni) does not want the mine no matter what you offer us, so do not come back. Today you have heard the people complain that you are ignoring…

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Coal mine meeting is off!

By Tony Carnie The much-anticipated public showdown over the controversial coal mine next to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve has been called off until further notice. The meeting, originally scheduled for Monday morning at KwaMbonambi, was cancelled yesterday by public participation and environmental consultants acting for Ibutho Coal. The purpose of the…

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