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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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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Dead Cat and Arson Fail to Intimidate Somkhele Activist

Early Sunday morning, 25th February 2018, Bongani Pearce, an activist well-known in Somkhele for challenging Tendele Coal Mining, woke up to the gruesome find of a dead cat’s body in the middle of his yard.  While he was still in shock about the dead cat, he noticed that two wooden…

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Two Day Report of the meeting held in Somkhele 26&27 Jan 2018 – Hosted by the MACUA/MCEJO (NGO) and GET

By Oscar Gwala On the 26th January 2018, the first day of a two day workshop, 17 participants attended: 7 males and 10 females representing the 6 Somkhele villages directly affected by the Tendele coal mine, namely: Kwamyeki, Dubelenkunzi, Mahhujini, Qubuka, Emachibini and lastly Esiyembeni. The day started off with…

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Zululand Observer – Court asked to stop Tendele mine operations

  The High Court application has been brought against Tendele Mining by two NGOs and a Somkhele resident By Tamlyn Jolly THE Global Environmental Trust (GET) has led a High Court application against Tendele Mining as well as various government entities for non-compliance. The applicants allege Tendele Mining’s Somkhele mine…

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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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Mining and Environmental Justice Conference

By Kirsten Youens For the past three days I have been in caucus with activists, lawyers, lawyer-activists, scientists and academics. Myself, along with the leaders of the Fuleni community organisations Phila Ndimande of the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation(MCEJO), and Mxolisi Phakathi of the Ubumbano Youth Organisation(UYO), were invited to…

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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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