The Guardian: Mining poses new threat to world’s greatest rhino sanctuary

Plans for an opencast coalmine on the boundary of South Africa’s Hluhluwe-Imfolozi reserve could pave the way for even greater poaching and pollution The surface of a pool near the Imfolozi river ripples as a white rhino, its young calf close by, lowers its mouth to drink. Rhinos have roamed…

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Proposed coal mine stokes residents’ ire

  By Vivien van der Sandt This article appeared in the Daily News on Monday, 30 June 2014. A NORTHERN KwaZulu-Natal community that faces being uprooted if a proposed coal mine is approved have said their neighbours’ bitter experience with a mining company had largely influenced their decision to oppose…

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Community won’t budge for coal mine

June 27 2014 at 12:57pm By SAPA Pretoria – Community leaders in Kwambonambi in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal insist they will not accept relocation to pave the way for a proposed open-cast anthracite coal mine. Elders say a cloud has hung over them since news broke that iButho Coal wants to…

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Fuleni mine controversy continues

  By Christa van der Walt This article appeared in the Zululand Fever on the 25 June 2014. OVER 47 000 people have already signed the AVAAZ online petition against the proposed Fuleni coal mine adjacent to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi game reserve. In addition, well over 100 registered Interested and Affected…

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Human Impact

This is the editorial from the Mercury today, 18 June 2014 HOMO sapiens have been part of Earth’s natural community for many thousands of years, causing relatively minor changes to the structure of our planet. Our ancestors certainly used fire, axes and ploughs to clear very large tracts of land…

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Growing lobby fights reserve mining bid

This article appeared in the Mercury on 10 June. By Tony Carnie NEWLY-appointed mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has been urged to stop the controversial plan to blast for coal on the border of Africa’s oldest game reserve and wilderness area. The Wildlife and Environment Society was responding to proposals by…

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Ibutho raises eyebrows and questions!

This article appeared in the Mercury on Tuesday, 27 May. By Tony Carnie Who are the big corporate players behind the controversial plan to blast open the rich anthracite coal deposits next to Africa’s oldest game reserve?  On the face of it, the main actor on stage is Ibutho Coal,…

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The fall of the wild?

   This article appeared in the Witness on Wednesday, 28 May By Sheila Berry Recent news of the proposed Ibutho Coal’s Fuleni opencast coal mine, sited a mere 40 to 70 metres from the southern boundary fence of the historic iMfolozi wilderness area, sent shock waves that were felt worldwide…

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Mining threat to Wilderness reserve

  This article appeared in the Mercury on 12 May 2014 By Tony Carnie DYNAMITE, dust, floodlights and convoys of coal trucks threaten to shatter the tranquillity of one of Africa’s oldest game reserves and “wilderness” areas. A mining group is planning to blast open a new coal mine on…

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