Leave to Appeal Granted

The application by the Global Environmental Trust (GET) and the Mfolozi Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO), for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, has been granted by Judge Rishi Seegobin . The Centre for Environmental Rights was granted the right to intervene as amicus curiae and…

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Coal mine ruling a ‘profound’ threat to environmental protection’

Watchdog challenges ruling that it says will allow mining companies to disregard green legislation By Tony Carnie An environmental watchdog has challenged a legal decision by a Pietermaritzburg high court judge, fearing that his ruling will encourage mining companies to disregard the country’s environmental protection laws. The challenge has been…

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Mayor cancels meeting with DMR Task Team and Somkhele community

  “I am astounded at the lack of respect given to my clients in these forums. The Agenda was particularly offensive after the tumultuous events in Somkhele and Xolobeni two weeks earlier and given that we attended a meeting where DMR would finally be listening to grievances of the community.…

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Retired Judge David Ntshangase supports Somkhele Community

The Somkhele community, GET and MCEJO are honoured to have the support of retired Judge David Ntshangase. He currently chairs the Marikana panel of experts tasked with investigating the nature of public order policing in South Africa, and the use of weaponry by security forces during protests. He lives in…

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Hope for Somkhele, Place of Pain

“On Thursday, 15 February 2018, one hundred and twenty people gathered in Somkhele, near the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, to document stories of how their lives have been devastated by Tendele coal mine for the past thirteen years. This brings hope that life in Somkhele is going to change for the…

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Urgent letter to DMR

RE: NOTICE OF APPEAL AGAINST THE GRANTING OF MINING RIGHT KZN30/5/1/2/2/1004MR TO TENDELE COAL MINING PTY (LTD) A letter has been sent to the Department of Mineral Resources by Kirsten Youens of Youens Attorneys. This is in response to information received that Tendele Coal Mining is mining in an area…

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Zululand Observer – Anti-mining activists prepare for battle

By Tamlyn Jolly ANTI-MINING activists are readying for a fight as their court hearing against Tendele Mining Ltd and Others is set for 24 August. Arguing that Tendele, owners of the Somkhele opencast anthracite mine near Mtubatuba, is operating unlawfully for a number of reasons, the Global Environmental Trust (GET)…

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Summary of Court papers – Global Environmental Trust and Others vs Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd and Others

By Kirsten Youens Our court hearing against Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd and Others is set down for 24 August 2018. Here is a very brief summary of the papers:   Our Founding Papers request the Court to grant an interdict preventing Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd from operating their…

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Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign – Update Jan 2018

By Rob Symons I trust all all our supporters and the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness community have had a good holiday season and are off to prosperous New Year. We have seen significant developments in our campaign through 2017 so here is a concise update of where we are. Ibutho…

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The North Coast Courier – Court application against coal mine near Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

 The park is home to the largest concentration of Southern White Rhino in the world and this is a highly sensitive environmental area By Allan Troskie The High Court has been asked to put a stop to the open cast coal mine near the boundary of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park,…

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