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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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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SOIW website winner in SA Blog Awards 2016, Best Environmental blog

We finally did it. After two years of achieving runner up in the Environmental category for the SA Blog Awards, our SOIW website was announced winner in the 2016 awards. Thank you to all our supporters for voting for us and to our small but dedicated team for the encouragement…

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Sisters of the Wilderness

Support this important social impact documentary about women’s empowerment through the power of wild nature This is an important documentary project which highlights the value of Wilderness to human well-being. This documentary will mainly be filmed in the iMfolozi Wilderness area. This pristine wilderness is home to the largest rhino…

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2016 South African Blog Awards

Vote for this site and help save the iMfolozi Wilderness and the Fuleni Communities from open cast coal mining Help us win the 2016 SA Blog Awards By Rob Symons For two years running the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign website has achieved the runner up award in the Environmental…

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No News

By Rob Symons As I write this mid-November 2016, we have not heard anything from iButho Coal or the Department of Mineral Resources in connection with the proposed open cast coal mine in Fuleni on the border of the iMfolozi Wilderness area. The situation has not changed much since this…

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Bridge over iMfolozi River: Report back on Public Meetings

By Sheila Berry The first public participation meeting for the proposed iMfolozi bridge was held at the Mkhwanazi Traditional Council Chambers, Somkhele, at 9h00 on Thursday, 27 October 2016. The bridge is being commissioned by the Department of Transport (DoT), after being requested by Cllr. F. M. Mathe, and investigated…

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Cultural day – Ocilwane Village

The Ocilwane Village community  hosted a cultural  day on Thursday 29 September, 2016. The day was well attended by young people from all around the Fuleni area. The event was organised by Phila Ndimande and kindly sponsored by KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Enjoy the fun! (please click on…

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