Outrage over mine plan at reserve – Witness

This article was printed in the Witness September 3, 2015. A PROPOSAL for an anthracite mine bordering the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve has been met with outrage from various conservation groups. In a press release sent by the iMfo1ozi Community Wilderness Alliance (ICWA), director Sheila Berry said no one should be…

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HUGE OPPOSITION TO ZULULAND COAL MINE “CATASTROPHE”

                                                                                     “Unity before Profits” The fight is on! And…

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS WARN, ‘Zululand coal mine ‘dangerous’

By Tony Carnie ALLOWING coal mining just 40m from the borderline of Africa’s oldest game reserve would set a dangerous precedent for other companies to start mining next to, or even inside, any protected environment across the country. That’s the warning sent to national Environment minister Edna Molewa this week by attorneys acting for the Global Environmental Trust and several mine-affected communities in KwaZulu-Natal.…

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A trail that accentuates the value of wilderness

By Rob Symons I am in the fortunate position to be an Organic Farmer who is very involved in the campaign to save the iMfolozi Wilderness from a coal mine. So let me digress for a while from the usual subjects of the Farm Gate and speak instead from the…

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Ibutho Coal must leave us alone

This is a letter by a community member, addressed to the editor of the Mercury in response to an article by Tony Carnie – “Nearly 1 000 face removal by mine”. It was published in the Mercury on June 29, 2015. Dear Mr Editor I am writing to say thank…

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Mining ‘could ruin wilderness’

  Report warns against iMfolozi damage By Tony Carnie ONE of the last truly wild corners of ancient Africa would never be the same again — and could lose its global status as a wilderness area — if a local mining company was allowed to blast open new coal mining…

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Nearly 1 000 face removal by mine

By Tony Carnie ALMOST 1 000 people stand to be removed from their homes to make way for the controversial coal mine planned on the southern border of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve. Several of the oldest residents facing relocation have already been shifted previously, having been forcibly removed from Empangeni…

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DRAFT EIA FOR FULENI MINE RELEASED

The Draft EIA and EMP for the Fuleni Coal Mine on the boundary of the iMfolozi Wilderness area was released on 1 June 2015. Naledi Consultants have given the final date for the submission of comments as 3rd August 2015 The draft EIA documents are available for viewing and download…

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Campaigning against coal in KZN (Video)

This is a video made in Zulu to inform the Fuleni community of the experience of living next to a coal mine. It recounts the real situation faced by the communities around the Somkhele mine. Subtitles are in English

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IBUTHO COAL SENT PACKING FOR A SECOND TIME IN ONE WEEK – 20 May 2015

  An attempt by Ibutho Coal and its consultants to piggy-back on a municipal gathering on the morning of 20 May 2015, to open a new crèche in Novunula, was thwarted when angry residents threatened to disrupt the event unless Ibutho Coal was told to leave. The Mfolozi municipal officials…

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