Commemoration for Mr Gednezar Dladla

  On Sunday, 9 July 2017, well over a hundred people gathered at the Dladla homestead in Dubelenkhunzi village, Somkhele, near the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, to attend a commemoration for Mr Gednezar Dladla, the highly respected anti-mining activist, who died on 18 October 2015, a few days before his 60th…

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Petmin’s Tendele security illegally remove Somkhele residents protecting their ancestral graves from bulldozers

On Monday morning, 22 May 2017, Tendele mine’s security guards removed six Somkhele community members from protecting ancestral graves that are being threatened by earth moving equipment at KwaQubuka, where the mine is expanding.  The six descendants were taken to the mine management and the police were called in.  …

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Granting of Interdict Highlights Human Rights Abuses

  Pietermaritzburg – A peaceful demonstration outside the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, on Monday, 15 May, highlights 10 years of conflict between the Somkhele community (part of Mpukunyoni) and Petmin’s Tendele coal mine.  The matter being heard concerned three interdicts issued against the Mpukunyoni Community Property Association (MCPA) and chairman,…

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Rhino threat persists as Petmin agrees to delist from JSE – Fin24

Cape Town – Protestors demonstrated outside mining firm Petmin’s headquarters in Bryanston on Monday, as shareholders agreed to delist the company from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The protestors attempted to intercept shareholders including Investec, Old Mutual, Barclays Bank, Afena Capital and RECM to demand they divest from the firm completely.…

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Pressure on Petmin’s key Shareholders to divest as anger mounts against Tendele mine’s exploitation and expansion

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa –Demonstrators plan to intercept Petmin shareholders entering the Head Office in Bryanston when they attend the 10h00 meeting, 8 May, to approve Petmin’s delisting from the JSE. Institutions targeted to divest from Petmin’s Tendele coal mine include Investec, Old Mutual, Barclays Bank, Afena Capital, RECM. Tendele is…

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A letter to Affirm the Value of Wilderness

By Ryan Nealis To whom it may concern I am writing to you to inform you about the incredible experience that I had while I was on trail in the Imfolozi park while conjunction with the Wilderness Leadership School. We spent 5 days and 4 nights learning about Zulu culture…

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Mining poses threat to iMfolozi wilderness zone

Petmin group subsidiary told Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife it wants to extract anthracite on border of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park By Tony Carnie One of the world’s oldest game reserves and a cradle of African rhino conservation is under threat by a coal-mining venture that could wreck one of Africa’s most iconic wilderness…

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iMfolozi Wilderness faces shock new coal mining threat

Plans to expand the Somkhele open cast coal mine, virtually to the border of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park’s wilderness area, were recently released by Jarmi Steyn, Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd’s Chief Operating Officer. Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd is wholly owned by JSE listed Petmin. Petmin’s success over the years has…

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Bridge over iMfolozi River: Report back on Public Meetings

By Sheila Berry The first public participation meeting for the proposed iMfolozi bridge was held at the Mkhwanazi Traditional Council Chambers, Somkhele, at 9h00 on Thursday, 27 October 2016. The bridge is being commissioned by the Department of Transport (DoT), after being requested by Cllr. F. M. Mathe, and investigated…

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