Tribute to a Humble man of Courage

On Thursday, 16 May 2019, in the early hours of the morning just before dawn, Mr Gideon Mbongeni Gumede breathed his last. His extended illness, involving pain in his lungs and difficulty breathing was undiagnosed and became increasingly debilitating. He had become critically ill over the weekend and was admitted…

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Tendele threatens to SLAPP GET

Late Monday afternoon, 15 April, Youens Attorneys, who act for the Global Environmental Trust (GET), received a letter from Tendele mine’s attorneys stating that a recent post on our websites and social media pages was defamatory in stating that the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) report on mining affected…

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Update: August 2018 to Now – Status of the Save Our Wilderness campaign

The wise Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, observed more than 2500 years ago that change is the only thing that is certain. Protesting workers close Tendele mine On 24 August 2018, placard-waving workers from Tendele Coal Mine in Somkhele, stood outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court protesting against our application to close the…

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Media Release: Shock Judgement in Tendele Interdict Application

The incomprehensible judgement handed down by the Pietermaritzburg High Court this morning, 20 November 2018, dismissed with costs the application by Sabelo Dladla, the Global Environmental Trust (GET) and Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO). This will not go unchallenged. In essence, the applicants approached the High Court when their…

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Letter to DMR Task Team for Somkhele

Below is the letter from Youens Attorneys to the Department of Mineral Resources Task Team for Somkhele. The meeting between the Task Team and the Somkhele Communities on 1 October 2018, was cancelled by the Mayor of Mtubatuba.

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Media Release: Minister Gwede Mantashe to visit the Somkhele community

Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, visits the Somkhele Community On Saturday 22nd of September 2018, Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe will finally face the community of Somkhele/Mpukunyoni. The community, which for years has suffered a number of injustices and human rights abuses under the hands of ruthless mining…

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SUMMARY OF THE APPLICATION AGAINST TENDELE COAL MINING (PTY) LTD AND OTHERS IN THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA, KWAZULU-NATAL, PIETERMARITZBURG. TO BE HEARD 24 AUGUST 2018

Below is a summary of the court case scheduled for 24 August 2018. A list of relevant court papers and documents are provided below with links to download or view. The parties bringing the application are: Global Environmental Trust Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation Sabelo Dladla The application is brought…

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The Truth about Tendele – Mine throws Lie Line

The truth about Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd is that it is operating illegally.  The thick application that will be heard on 24 August 2018, at the Pietermaritzburg High Court, documents numerous instances of flagrant disregard of laws and regulations governing the environment in SA.  The parties bringing the application…

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iMfolozi: war against mine greed – The Sunday Tribune

By Liz Clarke Enough is enough. We will not move! This is the heartfelt cry from a rural community in KwaZulu-Natal, whose members believe that ongoing coal operations affecting a wilderness area, which is home to the Big Five, has to stop. The area under threat is the iMfolozi wilderness area, part of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, where coal…

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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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