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.

A Threat More Deadly than Covid-19

Keeping safe against Covid-19 is a challenge in Somkhele, where lack of water is a serious issue, but how do you protect yourself against a hail of bullets through your kitchen and bedroom windows after dark where your children are in bed asleep?  On Friday, 24 April 2020, a grandmother and her family in Ophondweni […]

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Appeal challenges business as usual attitude of Tendele Coal Mine

On Tuesday, 17 September 2019, at 9h30, Judge Seegobin granted the Global Environmental Trust (GET) and the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) the right to take their matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. The attendance at the application for leave to appeal in the Pietermaritzburg High Court the previous week on […]

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Leave to Appeal Granted

The application by the Global Environmental Trust (GET) and the Mfolozi Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO), for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, has been granted by Judge Rishi Seegobin . The Centre for Environmental Rights was granted the right to intervene as amicus curiae and was also granted the right […]

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MEDIA RELEASE – Critical High Court Application pushes for mining sector compliance

 Wednesday, in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, a strong legal team is determined to ensure the right to appeal the dismissal of GET & MCEJO’s application exposing Tendele coal mine’s lack of compliance with environmental laws and the Constitution, and to ensure the mining sector complies with the law. MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Critical […]

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Coal mine ruling a ‘profound’ threat to environmental protection’

Watchdog challenges ruling that it says will allow mining companies to disregard green legislation By Tony Carnie An environmental watchdog has challenged a legal decision by a Pietermaritzburg high court judge, fearing that his ruling will encourage mining companies to disregard the country’s environmental protection laws. The challenge has been mounted by the Cape Town-based […]

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GET’s and ICWA’s concerns about the draft Luhlanga Scoping Report

Please see below the comments submitted to Chris Wright of Black Rock Environmental, by Sheila Berry on behalf of the Global Environmental Trust(GET) and the iMfolozi Communities and Wilderness Alliance(ICWA). Dear Chris I am writing on behalf of the Global Environmental Trust (GET) as IAPs for the Luhlanga pit expansion, IWULA and Waste Management application. We have been in contact […]

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Comments for MCEJO submitted for Luhlanga Scoping Report

A Public Meeting was held at Luhlanga in Somkhele on the 26 January as part of the environmental authorisation process for the proposed Luhlanga Pit extension. Somkhele Anthracite Mine intends to extend it’s existing Luhlanga opencast pit and rock dump. The Luhlanga pit extension is approximately 18ha. The proposed extension includes an increase in the […]

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