Dangers of being a defender of environmental justice in South Africa

By Kirsten Youens, attorney specialising in environmental law and environmental justice The fifth anniversary of the Marikana mine massacre on 16 August 2017 serves as a stark reminder that mining is a very dangerous industry to oppose.   A recent report issued by Global Witness states [1] that “at least…

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Commemoration for Sikhosiphi Bazooka Radebe

By Sheila Berry The Human Rights Day celebration on 21 March 2017, at Xolobeni on the Wild Coast, was supported by a crowd of 1100 people from all over South Africa, who gathered in solidarity with the amaPondo people. The event was to commemorate the ruthless assassination of community leader,…

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Wild Coast dune mining on hold

By Tony Carnie VIOLENCE and social upheaval sparked by an Australian dune-mining application on the Wild Coast has forced Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to put a halt to any mining applications in the area for 18 months. Zwane declared the moratorium in a notice in the Government Gazette last week,…

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Community celebrates as iron mine plan shelved

‘Mining is a massive eviction project, not development’, says activist By Sifiso Dladla Ululation, songs and slogans set the tone at Makhasaneni near Melmoth in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday when scores of community members gathered to celebrate the decision by Indian company Jindal Africa to shelve an application to mine their land.…

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Mining company pulls out of Wild Coast plan

By Tony Carnie FOUR months after community leader Bazooka Radebe was gunned down in front of his son, an Australian mining company says it is bailing out from its plan to mine one of the world’s biggest undeveloped mineral sand mining ventures, at Xolobeni on the Wild Coast. Mineral Resources…

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Fuleni and Somkhele mentioned in Parliament

This is an extract from the South African Parliamentary extended public committee debate on mineral resources. The speech is given by the Honourable James Lorimer, Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources. The extract starts at 3:03:20 and watch until about 3:04:30  

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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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Activists maintain their anti-mining stance

8 Apr 2016 The Mercury Thami Magubane Activists maintain their anti-mining stance THE murder of an anti-mining activist on the Wild Coast, in the Eastern Cape, has served to strengthen the resolve of other anti-mining activists in the area to make sure that no mining takes place there. This was…

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Community calls for an end to mining in KZN, E Cape

On Thursday, 7 April, community members from Fuleni, Somkhele and Xolobeni joined with other activists in front of the DMR offices in Anton Lembede Street, Durban to protest against mining in their ancestral lands. The community activists demonstrated in solidarity with Xolobeni after the tragic assassination of Sikhosiphi Bazooka Radebe.…

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UnderMining Life: Activists threatened in South Africa

Video by Sphiwe Mazibuko   Sphiwe Mazibuko’s 9 minute documentary exposes the intimidation and violence facing anti-mining activists on the Wild Coast and Zululand, in South Africa. Xolobeni residents have fought for 10 years to prevent an Australian company from mining their titanium rich dunes. The unwavering response of the…

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