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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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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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 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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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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South African Blog of the year awards

Last year our site saveourwilderness.wordpress.com achieved runner up in the SA blog of the year awards in the environment category. That was in a large part thanks to the votes of our loyal campaign supporters. We have entered again this year so would you all please express your votes again,…

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Mining company reconsiders Zululand plans

This article appeared in the Mercury on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 By Tony Carnie A MAJOR public outcry over coal mining next to Africa’s oldest game reserve and wilderness area has forced a local mining group back to the drawing board to consider its alternatives. Two years ago, the Johannesburg-based…

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REGISTERED INTERESTED AND AFFECTED PARTY NOTIFICATION: STATUS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION PROCESS

  This is good news. It appears we are back to the drawing board! Dear Sir / Madam REGISTERED INTERESTED AND AFFECTED PARTY NOTIFICATION: STATUS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION PROCESS DMR REFERENCE: KZN 30/5/1/2/2/10060MR KZNDEDT REFERENCE: DC 28/0035/2013: KZN/EIA/0001371/2013 Ibutho Coal (Pty) Ltd applied for a Mining Right in terms of…

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Ngisika elijikayo: A column by Sifiso Dladla

This article appeared in Isolezwe on October 8, 2015, and is the first in a series. By Sifiso Dladla Sifiso Dladla is a human and environmental rights advocate. For ICWA (iMfolozi Community Wildlife Alliance) he is the community co-ordinator and spokesperson. Dear Readers, Mfundi wendaba, This is my first of…

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