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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Reply to Ibutho Coal’s announcement on 18 November 2015

  Response: Ibutho Coal’s announcement on 18 November 2015. From: iMfolozi Community Wilderness Alliance (ICWA) ICWA considers Ibutho Coal’s announcement, on 18 November 2015, to delay the Fuleni EIA process in order to undertake “additional work” as both a clear admission and confirmation that the public participation process (PPP) conducted…

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Is absolutely nowhere safe from mining?

    This article appeared in the Independent on Saturday, on October 3, 2015. Conservationists outraged over proposed coal mine on HiP border Private game farm and lodge owners in Zululand have expressed their “horror and outrage” at news that a coal mine could be developed right on the boundary…

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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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Anthracite mine ‘fatally flawed’ – Daily News

  This article was published in the Daily News on Friday, September 4, 2015. By Richard Compton THE proposed “Fuleni” anthracite mine targeted for establishment on the south-eastern border of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in Zululand has been confronted by the largest collection of environmental and conservation NGO groupings established…

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Outrage over mine plan at reserve – Witness

This article was printed in the Witness September 3, 2015. A PROPOSAL for an anthracite mine bordering the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve has been met with outrage from various conservation groups. In a press release sent by the iMfo1ozi Community Wilderness Alliance (ICWA), director Sheila Berry said no one should be…

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COMMUNITY OUTRAGE AT IBUTHO COAL’S EIA MEETING – 17 MAY 2015

FULENI COMMUNITIES TELL IBUTHO COAL DIRECTORS TO GO AND NOT RETURN Over a thousand vocal Fuleni residents gathered at Ntuthunga 2, yesterday, Sunday, 17 May 2015, at 10h00, for a meeting called by Ibutho Coal to present information about the EIA report. The reason given for the meeting was that…

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Open letter to the Minister of Mineral Resources

17 December 2014 Department of Mineral Resources Minister: Adv Ngoako Ramatlhodi Dear Minister Honouring Dr Ian Player’s Legacy by Securing the iMfolozi Wilderness Area The announcement of the death of legendary conservationist, Dr Ian Player, on 30 November 2014, resulted in accolades pouring in from people worldwide. President Jacob Zuma…

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Soul is more important than coal

This article appeared in the Food and Wine supplement of the Mercury on December 3 2014 By Rob Symons On May 1 this year I was relaxing in bed taking advantage of the opportunity to sleep in when I received a call from a friend, Sheila Berry. “Rob, there’s a…

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Sandile’s last precious gift for Dr Ian Player

By Sheila Berry 2 December 2014 With so many personal tributes pouring in, all acknowledging the influence and importance of the legendary Dr Ian Player, it confirms the valuable life this unique man lived. While much has been written about his role in saving the White Rhino from extinction, and…

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