Activists maintain their anti-mining stance

8 Apr 2016 The Mercury Thami Magubane Activists maintain their anti-mining stance THE murder of an anti-mining activist on the Wild Coast, in the Eastern Cape, has served to strengthen the resolve of other anti-mining activists in the area to make sure that no mining takes place there. This was…

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Community calls for an end to mining in KZN, E Cape

On Thursday, 7 April, community members from Fuleni, Somkhele and Xolobeni joined with other activists in front of the DMR offices in Anton Lembede Street, Durban to protest against mining in their ancestral lands. The community activists demonstrated in solidarity with Xolobeni after the tragic assassination of Sikhosiphi Bazooka Radebe.…

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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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Department of Mineral Resources notice of meeting to substantiate objections to application by Ibutho Coal

We have just received notification (see below) from DMR about a Regional Mining, Development and Environmental Committee meeting to substantiate objections made against a mining right application by Ibutho Coal in the Fuleni Reserve. This meeting will take place at 10:30am, 7 April, 2016 (postponed to 22 April) at Richards Bay.…

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iMfolozi is a National Heritage

This article appeared in the Cape Times on January 15, 2016. By Richard Compton The proposed establishment of a vast and hugely controversial 32-year long, open-pit, anthracite coal mine right on the boundary (within 60 meters) of iMfolozi Game Reserve in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, has predictably unleashed howls of opposition –…

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WHAT IS THIS DEMOCRACY WE SPEAK OF?

  This post is available in Zulu – IYIPHI LENTANDOYENINGI ESIKHULUMA NGAYO? By Sifiso Dladla I often ask myself what democracy means. Sometimes I think government considers just holding elections are enough to wave this flag. But when it comes to ordinary people voicing opposition to matters they don’t agree with,…

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‘What is this nonsense?’ Veteran conservator condemns plans to mine coal near iMfolozi

By Richard Compton Gladman Buthelezi: ‘Just what do our leaders think they are doing encouraging this Ibutho coal mining company in this sacred area? They have paid no attention to this region’s rich traditional and legal heritage.’ “THIS is an injustice and the South African government should never be associated…

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Sound Economic Reasons Why Ibutho Coal’s Fuleni Mine Cannot Be Profitable

  The following entertaining article comes from respected Economy Professor Patrick Bond of the Centre for Civil Society at UKZN in Durban, after he was asked to give a simple explanation of natural capital to non-economists involved in opposing the Fuleni open cast coal mine on the boundary of the…

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GOVERNMENT IGNORING PROVEN ‘GREEN ECONOMY’ FOR MINING

  By Richard Compton The SA government is either marginalising or intentionally ignoring investment in the eco-tourism and related ‘green’ industries that hold such profitable potential for thousands of hectares of community-owned landholdings throughout KZN. Instead, “spurious, quick-fix solutions” like inappropriate mining locations are being encouraged that are stifling the…

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Reply to Ibutho Coal’s announcement on 18 November 2015

  Response: Ibutho Coal’s announcement on 18 November 2015. From: iMfolozi Community Wilderness Alliance (ICWA) ICWA considers Ibutho Coal’s announcement, on 18 November 2015, to delay the Fuleni EIA process in order to undertake “additional work” as both a clear admission and confirmation that the public participation process (PPP) conducted…

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