Tribute to Wally Menne

By Sheila Berry A week ago, on Thursday 26 October 2017, one of KZN’s most dedicated and well-known activists, Wally Menne, unexpectedly passed away.  His sad death, at 66 years old, leaves a huge void. He is survived by his wife, Rose Williams, Director of Biowatch, and three sons, Adam, Robus…

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Zululand Observer – Court asked to stop Tendele mine operations

  The High Court application has been brought against Tendele Mining by two NGOs and a Somkhele resident By Tamlyn Jolly THE Global Environmental Trust (GET) has led a High Court application against Tendele Mining as well as various government entities for non-compliance. The applicants allege Tendele Mining’s Somkhele mine…

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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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Rhino threat persists as Petmin agrees to delist from JSE – Fin24

Cape Town – Protestors demonstrated outside mining firm Petmin’s headquarters in Bryanston on Monday, as shareholders agreed to delist the company from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The protestors attempted to intercept shareholders including Investec, Old Mutual, Barclays Bank, Afena Capital and RECM to demand they divest from the firm completely.…

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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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Tribute to Andrew Ewing

Tribute to Andrew Robert Ewing 12/5/1943-19/11/2016 – Founder of the Global Environmental Trust By Sheila Berry It is a momentous and sad occasion in the history of an organisation when the founder passes away.  On Saturday, 19 November 2016, Andrew Robert Ewing, the founder of the Global Environmental Trust (GET)…

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THE FULENI VS IBUTHO COAL MATTER: A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE

By Kirsten Youens The application we are opposing has been made by Ibutho Coal (Pty) Ltd to the Department of Mineral Resources for an open cast coal mine in a rural Zululand community, on the border of the oldest Nature Reserve in Africa, the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. The proposed mine is to…

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GET Fuleni submissions to RMDEC

RMDEC Meeting 22 April 2016 This meeting was called by the Regional Mining Development And Environmental Committee (RMDEC) after being requested to do so by Youens Attorneys (and presumably others involved in the matter) in a letter to DMR objecting to the granting of the prospecting rights and to the…

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Regional Mining, Development and Environmental Committee meeting postponed

We have just received notification that the RMDEC meeting called by the DMR on 7 April, 2016 has been postponed to the 22 April, 2016. Excerpt from official email below: This communiqué serves to inform you that the RMDEC meeting has been postponed to the 22nd April 2016 due to the…

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