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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Petmin’s Tendele security illegally remove Somkhele residents protecting their ancestral graves from bulldozers

On Monday morning, 22 May 2017, Tendele mine’s security guards removed six Somkhele community members from protecting ancestral graves that are being threatened by earth moving equipment at KwaQubuka, where the mine is expanding.  The six descendants were taken to the mine management and the police were called in.  …

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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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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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