Hope for Somkhele, Place of Pain

“On Thursday, 15 February 2018, one hundred and twenty people gathered in Somkhele, near the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, to document stories of how their lives have been devastated by Tendele coal mine for the past thirteen years. This brings hope that life in Somkhele is going to change for the…

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Urgent letter to DMR

RE: NOTICE OF APPEAL AGAINST THE GRANTING OF MINING RIGHT KZN30/5/1/2/2/1004MR TO TENDELE COAL MINING PTY (LTD) A letter has been sent to the Department of Mineral Resources by Kirsten Youens of Youens Attorneys. This is in response to information received that Tendele Coal Mining is mining in an area…

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Dead Cat and Arson Fail to Intimidate Somkhele Activist

Early Sunday morning, 25th February 2018, Bongani Pearce, an activist well-known in Somkhele for challenging Tendele Coal Mining, woke up to the gruesome find of a dead cat’s body in the middle of his yard.  While he was still in shock about the dead cat, he noticed that two wooden…

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Zululand Observer – Anti-mining activists prepare for battle

By Tamlyn Jolly ANTI-MINING activists are readying for a fight as their court hearing against Tendele Mining Ltd and Others is set for 24 August. Arguing that Tendele, owners of the Somkhele opencast anthracite mine near Mtubatuba, is operating unlawfully for a number of reasons, the Global Environmental Trust (GET)…

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Two Day Report of the meeting held in Somkhele 26&27 Jan 2018 – Hosted by the MACUA/MCEJO (NGO) and GET

By Oscar Gwala On the 26th January 2018, the first day of a two day workshop, 17 participants attended: 7 males and 10 females representing the 6 Somkhele villages directly affected by the Tendele coal mine, namely: Kwamyeki, Dubelenkunzi, Mahhujini, Qubuka, Emachibini and lastly Esiyembeni. The day started off with…

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Summary of Court papers – Global Environmental Trust and Others vs Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd and Others

By Kirsten Youens Our court hearing against Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd and Others is set down for 24 August 2018. Here is a very brief summary of the papers:   Our Founding Papers request the Court to grant an interdict preventing Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd from operating their…

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Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign – Update Jan 2018

By Rob Symons I trust all all our supporters and the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness community have had a good holiday season and are off to prosperous New Year. We have seen significant developments in our campaign through 2017 so here is a concise update of where we are. Ibutho…

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Somkhele 9 released after intervention by GET lawyers

“You must remember that our strength always comes from struggles and hardship like this.” Yesterday, after a desperate phone call on Tuesday evening, our attorney, Kirsten Youens and advocate, Mawande Mazibuko, attended KwaMsane Magistrate’s Court for the bail hearing of 9 men who were arrested and jailed at the instance…

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The North Coast Courier – Court application against coal mine near Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

 The park is home to the largest concentration of Southern White Rhino in the world and this is a highly sensitive environmental area By Allan Troskie The High Court has been asked to put a stop to the open cast coal mine near the boundary of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park,…

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Zululand Observer – Court asked to stop Tendele mine operations

  The High Court application has been brought against Tendele Mining by two NGOs and a Somkhele resident By Tamlyn Jolly THE Global Environmental Trust (GET) has led a High Court application against Tendele Mining as well as various government entities for non-compliance. The applicants allege Tendele Mining’s Somkhele mine…

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