Cultural day – Ocilwane Village

The Ocilwane Village community  hosted a cultural  day on Thursday 29 September, 2016. The day was well attended by young people from all around the Fuleni area. The event was organised by Phila Ndimande and kindly sponsored by KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Enjoy the fun! (please click on…

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FULENI BLOCKADE STOPS RMDEC SITE VISIT

By Sheila Berry This morning an angry but well-behaved crowd of well over a thousand Fuleni residents forced the Regional Mining Development Environmental Committee (RMDEC) to abort their site visit to Fuleni for Ibutho Coal’s proposed open cast mine on the boundary of the iMfolozi Wilderness Area. The site visit…

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Ezemvelo opposes Fuleni mine

By Sheila Berry Tony Carnie’s article published in the Mercury on Wednesday, 30 September 2015, publicly reports for the first time Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s position and reasons for strongly opposing the proposed Fuleni open cast coal mine on the boundary of the iMfolozi wilderness area. Ezemvelo is the agency responsible…

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Ibutho Coal must leave us alone

This is a letter by a community member, addressed to the editor of the Mercury in response to an article by Tony Carnie – “Nearly 1 000 face removal by mine”. It was published in the Mercury on June 29, 2015. Dear Mr Editor I am writing to say thank…

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Nearly 1 000 face removal by mine

By Tony Carnie ALMOST 1 000 people stand to be removed from their homes to make way for the controversial coal mine planned on the southern border of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve. Several of the oldest residents facing relocation have already been shifted previously, having been forcibly removed from Empangeni…

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IBUTHO COAL SENT PACKING FOR A SECOND TIME IN ONE WEEK – 20 May 2015

  An attempt by Ibutho Coal and its consultants to piggy-back on a municipal gathering on the morning of 20 May 2015, to open a new crèche in Novunula, was thwarted when angry residents threatened to disrupt the event unless Ibutho Coal was told to leave. The Mfolozi municipal officials…

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Coal mine meeting is off!

By Tony Carnie The much-anticipated public showdown over the controversial coal mine next to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve has been called off until further notice. The meeting, originally scheduled for Monday morning at KwaMbonambi, was cancelled yesterday by public participation and environmental consultants acting for Ibutho Coal. The purpose of the…

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Demolition sticker outrage

This article appeared in the Mercury on Tuesday 28 April, 2015 By Tony Carnie RURAL villagers on the boundary of Africa’s oldest wilderness area are outraged after finding “demolition stickers” on their front doors – apparently placed there by a mining company that wants to dynamite giant coal pits underneath…

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