Appeal to Department of Water and Sanitation to take action for Jahidada

On Friday, 14 January 2022, an impassioned plea was sent to Siyabonga Buthelezi, Scientific Manager at the Department of Water & Sanitation Affairs to intervene and compel ZAC to provide emergency drinking water to the Jahidada community. The community is downstream from ZAC and is dependent on the Black Mfolozi…

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ZAC’s Most Recent Human Rights Violations

Judging by ZAC’s incompetence, dereliction of duties and serious omissions spotlighted since 24 December 2021 that provide grounds for criminal liability, one would be forgiven for thinking that ZAC is a new kid on the mining block. However, ZAC has been operating for almost 40 years in the area.  After…

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ZAC’s Christmas Contamination Crisis

On Christmas eve, while most South Africans were looking forward to an enjoyable festive season, the residents of Okhukho were inundated by a flood of contaminated water from Zululand Anthracite Colliery’s breached pollution control dam. They watched with dismay as the floodwaters turned the dead Umvalo River into a raging…

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ZAC Attack – In honour of Ntombenhle Nene

This is the story of the struggle the late Ntombenhle Nene was engaged in at the time of her premature death, on 15 August 2021, from meningitis. It is a struggle dating back to 2015, when she and her dear friend and brother, Mlindeli Ndimande, joined other activists to challenge…

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“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.” Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) The unexpected death of Ntombenhle Nene from meningitis, on 15 August 2021, came as a great shock to those privileged to know her. The day…

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50|50 Documentary – ZAC Mining

The 50|50 team visited Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) on the Western border of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, near Ulundi, in August 2020 and filmed this documentary about the impacts of coal mining on the rivers and water in the region and the devastating consequences for communities, their livestock, wildlife and biodiversity. The extent of the dishonesty that emerges is a shocking indictment of the mining sector. The documentary is a tribute to Thanda Zulu who had the courage and tenacity to persist in drawing attention to the injustices in his community.