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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Update on the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign

  I am sure most keen supporters of the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign have been wondering what has been happening since April this year, when there was a flurry of activity around the visit of  the Regional Mining Development And Environmental Committee (RMDC), to Fuleni. That series of events was covered in…

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Ubambano Youth Organisation

By Mxolisi Phakathi There is a lot of talent amongst the youth in rural Zululand. To encourage and develop this talent, Thembokwakhe Shosi and I, Mxolisi Phakathi, recently formed the Ubambano Youth Organisation. Thembokwakhe is a Civil Engineer and I will graduate from the University of Zululand with a B.Ed…

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Concerns over new Eteza junction

By Tamlyn Jolly Zululand Observer PROLONGED construction on a major interchange at Eteza on the N2 has got some people concerned over the reason for such a large junction, with its associated buildings. Speculation has been rife over the need for such a large junction and, since the recent erection…

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Registered objectors not invited to Fuleni meeting

By Tamlyn Jolly Zululand Observer May 5, 2016 DESPITE more than 100 interested and affected parties (IAPs) who registered their objections to Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni mine, only 89 were officially invited to the recent Regional Mining Development Environmental Committee (RMDEC) meeting in Nseleni. RMDEC is a statutory body of…

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Open Letter to Mineral Resources Minister, Mr Zwane

An open letter from ICWA to the Minister of Mineral Resources and RMDEC, concerning the RMDEC meeting on 22 April 2016, at Enseleni, concerning Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni Anthracite Project.     Open letter to Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Minister of Mineral Resources Re: Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni mine and the…

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Communities prevent mining site visit

Fuleni communities are doing everything in their power to prevent the mine from going ahead By Tamlyn Jolly Zululand Observer April 26, 2016 MORE than 1000 Fuleni residents blockaded roads leading to the site of Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni mine last Thursday, to force the Regional Mining Development Environmental Committee…

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‘16 000 homes to be demolished’ for proposed mine – Kwazulu Natal (The Mercury)

By Bongani Hans Enraged members of a rural community neighbouring the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park are up in arms, defending their land and saying they do not want a proposed coal mine. The stand-off is not only between community members and Ibutho Coal, which intends to mine on the land, as locals…

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FULENI BLOCKADE STOPS RMDEC SITE VISIT

By Sheila Berry This morning an angry but well-behaved crowd of well over a thousand Fuleni residents forced the Regional Mining Development Environmental Committee (RMDEC) to abort their site visit to Fuleni for Ibutho Coal’s proposed open cast mine on the boundary of the iMfolozi Wilderness Area. The site visit…

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