GET’s and ICWA’s concerns about the draft Luhlanga Scoping Report

Please see below the comments submitted to Chris Wright of Black Rock Environmental, by Sheila Berry on behalf of the Global Environmental Trust(GET) and the iMfolozi Communities and Wilderness Alliance(ICWA). Dear Chris   I am writing on behalf of the Global Environmental Trust (GET) as IAPs for the Luhlanga pit expansion, IWULA and Waste…

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Comments for MCEJO submitted for Luhlanga Scoping Report

A Public Meeting was held at Luhlanga in Somkhele on the 26 January as part of the environmental authorisation process for the proposed Luhlanga Pit extension. Somkhele Anthracite Mine intends to extend it’s existing Luhlanga opencast pit and rock dump. The Luhlanga pit extension is approximately 18ha. The proposed extension…

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PUBLIC MEETING – LUHLANGA PIT EXTENSION, IWULA AND WASTE 26 JANUARY 2019, 8AM

A public meeting is to be held on Saturday 26 January 2019 at 8am on the Luhlanga road overlooking the proposed project area. This meeting was specifically requested by MCEJO on 11 December 2018 when the meeting called by Black Rock Environmental failed to include the community.   Somkhele Anthracite…

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Media Release – Application for Leave to Appeal filed – Global Environmental Trust, MCEJO and S Dladla vs Tendele Coal Mining (PTY) Ltd

PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – On Tuesday 11 December 2018 an Application for Leave to Appeal was filed in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in the case between Tendele Coal Mining (PTY) Ltd and the Global Environmental Trust (GET), the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) and a resident of Somkhele, Sabelo…

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Media Release: High Court application against Tendele Coal’s additional 222km2 mining right

On 15 November 2018, MCEJO and Sabelo Dladla, with assistance from Legal Aid South Africa, filed a Review Application in the North Gauteng High Court to review and set aside the Director-General’s decision to grant Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd a further 222km2 to mine coal next to Zululand’s  flagship Game Reserve.…

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Tribute to Judge David Ntshangase

This tribute was read on behalf of the Global Environmental Trust at the memorial service for Judge David Ntshangase on the 15 November, 2018. Greetings to everyone present. Thank you for the opportunity given to the Global Environmental Trust (GET) to say a few words at this gathering in honour…

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Implications of the Landmark Constitutional Court decision for mining affected communities

  Yesterday’s ConCourt decision is a hugely significant decision for communities and land owners. It means that mining companies who have obtained a mining right cannot simply go onto the land and start mining, as they could to date, even without the agreement of the land rights holder. The Court…

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Letter to DMR Task Team for Somkhele

Below is the letter from Youens Attorneys to the Department of Mineral Resources Task Team for Somkhele. The meeting between the Task Team and the Somkhele Communities on 1 October 2018, was cancelled by the Mayor of Mtubatuba.

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Mayor cancels meeting with DMR Task Team and Somkhele community

  “I am astounded at the lack of respect given to my clients in these forums. The Agenda was particularly offensive after the tumultuous events in Somkhele and Xolobeni two weeks earlier and given that we attended a meeting where DMR would finally be listening to grievances of the community.…

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STORMS DURING MINISTER MANTASHE’S WHIRLWIND TOUR OF KZN & XOLOBENI

By Sheila Berry Minister Mantashe’s whirlwind three day roadshow to major mining hotspots in KZN and the Eastern Cape last weekend has understandably focussed on the arrest of human rights attorney Richard Spoor and the tear gassing and use of stun grenades against protesting Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) members in…

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