Mines face fightback – The Witness

‘Coal communities’ band together against ‘company abuses’. By Chelsea Pieterse The struggle for the environment and a better future was the focus of a meeting in Northern KwaZulu-Natal of communities from all over the country who have been affected by coal mining operations. A national coal communities exchange organised by…

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THE FULENI VS IBUTHO COAL MATTER: A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE

By Kirsten Youens The application we are opposing has been made by Ibutho Coal (Pty) Ltd to the Department of Mineral Resources for an open cast coal mine in a rural Zululand community, on the border of the oldest Nature Reserve in Africa, the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. The proposed mine is to…

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Update on the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign

  I am sure most keen supporters of the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign have been wondering what has been happening since April this year, when there was a flurry of activity around the visit of  the Regional Mining Development And Environmental Committee (RMDC), to Fuleni. That series of events was covered in…

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Mining company pulls out of Wild Coast plan

By Tony Carnie FOUR months after community leader Bazooka Radebe was gunned down in front of his son, an Australian mining company says it is bailing out from its plan to mine one of the world’s biggest undeveloped mineral sand mining ventures, at Xolobeni on the Wild Coast. Mineral Resources…

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Protest March in Fuleni – 21 April

The mining affected Fuleni communities will be holding a peaceful demonstration today, 21 April 2016, starting 11h00, in Fuleni, bordering on the iMfolozi Wilderness Area, to voice their opposition to Ibutho Coal’s proposed Fuleni open cast coal mine. And to protest about lack of consultation and lack of inclusion of…

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Best Kept Secret – Minister Zwane’s KZN Mining Imbizo

By Sheila Berry Last Thursday morning, 7th April, from 11h00 to 14h00, while Xolobeni and Fuleni activists and their supporters were picketing outside the DMR offices in Bay House, Durban, the Minister of Mineral Resources, Mr Mosebenzi Zwane, was holding a Mining Imbizo at the obscure Ndumakuda Community Hall, Ward…

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In Defence of Life

Watch In Defence of Life and learn how courageous front line communities are standing up against mining and winning! Following the trials and triumphs of men and women in Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa and Romania, the film shows that, despite all the odds, small, determined communities can successfully protect…

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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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Somkhele march organiser targeted

By Tamlyn Jolly A VEHICLE belonging to Bongani Pearce, Mpukunyoni Community Property Association Chairman (MCPA) and organiser of Monday’s march against the Mpukunyoni Traditional Council, was on Monday night burnt out and his office stoned. The incident occurred at about midnight, when Pearce was awoken by the sound of a…

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