GET was established in 2010 by an interested group of people who recognized the need to form a trust to promote and influence the wise use of the natural environment to ensure that biodiversity is maintained. This involves challenging and containing human activities that degrade, debase and/or harm conservation areas and sensitive and/or significant ecosystems, and that contribute to the impoverishment of affected communities rather than to their upliftment.

At the heart of the Zulu Kingdom lies a natural area of the utmost importance, the iMfolozi Wilderness area. It was established in 1958 by the renowned conservationist, Dr Ian Player, and forms part of the historic Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HIP), the oldest protected area in Africa (est.1895), and home to rhino, elephant and African wild dog, all of which are endangered.

The communities living in the Fuleni and Somkhele area adjacent to the HIP are subsistence farmers, and were once part of the prosperous agricultural clans of the Mkhwanazi and Mthetwa, with their own indigenous cattle and sheep.

This Wilderness and the people who live around it are being threatened by open cast coal mining promoted by the South African government despite this country’s international commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

This project intends to raise funds to legally oppose coal mining activities that are harming the environment and affected communities....



Saying NO to developments that will have a negative effect on the community and environment

The proposed developments are sited on the boundary of the iMfolozi Wilderness Area, the first declared wilderness in Africa. The Wilderness area lies within the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa, the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP) home to a vast array of wildlife, including the Big Five.