Within hours of the Supreme Court of Appeal handing down judgement on Tuesday, 9 February 2021, in the matter calling for Tendele coal mine to comply with environmental legislation, the legal team acting on instructions from the Global Environmental Trust (GET) were making plans to take the case on appeal to the Constitutional Court. Kirsten […]

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Carte-Blanche: Encroaching Risks for Mining Activists

When the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network recognised 65-year-old activist Fikile Ntshangase as its defender of the year in December, the grandmother, who had been living with her 11-year-old grandson in the rural KwaZulu-Natal village of Ophondweni near Mtubatuba, was unable to collect her award. She had been assassinated at her home in October. In a country witnessing deepening rifts between environmental activists begging for sustainable, ethical mining and a growing number of unemployed, desperate for a livelihood, Carte Blanche investigates what Ntshangase’s murder signifies for the activists still embroiled in the fight against ever-encroaching coal excavation near their homes.


On Thursday, the violent assaults of 11 accused trespassers by security of Zululand Anthracite Colliery and the police will be exposed in Nongoma magistrate’s court with the objective of obtaining remedial interventions for physical and psychological injuries. Nongoma, KZN – On Thursday, 3 December 2020, the case against 11 men accused of trespassing on Zululand […]

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MEDIA RELEASE – Supreme Court of Appeal Application pushes for mining sector compliance

MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2 November, 2020 CONTACT: Kirsten Youens,  Mobile 061 226 6868 Janice Tooley,  Mobile 083 650 5691 Supreme Court of Appeal Application pushes for mining sector compliance On Tuesday, 3 November 2020, the Supreme Court of Appeal, will hear an appeal brought by GET & MCEJO exposing Tendele coal mine’s […]

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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.

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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