Urgent letter to DMR

RE: NOTICE OF APPEAL AGAINST THE GRANTING OF MINING RIGHT KZN30/5/1/2/2/1004MR TO TENDELE COAL MINING PTY (LTD) A letter has been sent to the Department of Mineral Resources by Kirsten Youens of Youens Attorneys. This is in response to information received that Tendele Coal Mining is mining in an area authorised by a mining right […]

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Dead Cat and Arson Fail to Intimidate Somkhele Activist

Early Sunday morning, 25th February 2018, Bongani Pearce, an activist well-known in Somkhele for challenging Tendele Coal Mining, woke up to the gruesome find of a dead cat’s body in the middle of his yard.  While he was still in shock about the dead cat, he noticed that two wooden trusses supporting the roof in […]

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PUTTING THE INGONYAMA TRUST ACT IN PERSPECTIVE

‘The relocation and redistribution of land process took a staggering blow with the unexpected and secretive passing of the KwaZulu INgonyama Trust Act which was passed by the KwaZulu Legislative Assembly and assented to by President de Klerk on 25 April 1994……….’  Cohen, T in Human Rights Yearbook 1995 (1996:144) Amidst threats of violence, a political storm […]

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Zululand Observer – Anti-mining activists prepare for battle

By Tamlyn Jolly ANTI-MINING activists are readying for a fight as their court hearing against Tendele Mining Ltd and Others is set for 24 August. Arguing that Tendele, owners of the Somkhele opencast anthracite mine near Mtubatuba, is operating unlawfully for a number of reasons, the Global Environmental Trust (GET) requested the court grant an […]

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Two Day Report of the meeting held in Somkhele 26&27 Jan 2018 – Hosted by the MACUA/MCEJO (NGO) and GET

By Oscar Gwala On the 26th January 2018, the first day of a two day workshop, 17 participants attended: 7 males and 10 females representing the 6 Somkhele villages directly affected by the Tendele coal mine, namely: Kwamyeki, Dubelenkunzi, Mahhujini, Qubuka, Emachibini and lastly Esiyembeni. The day started off with Billy Mnqondo introducing everyone who […]

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Somkhele 9 released after intervention by GET lawyers

  “You must remember that our strength always comes from struggles and hardship like this.” Yesterday, after a desperate phone call on Tuesday evening, our attorney, Kirsten Youens and advocate, Mawande Mazibuko, attended KwaMsane Magistrate’s Court for the bail hearing of 9 men who were arrested and jailed at the instance of Tendele mine on […]

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Tribute to Wally Menne

By Sheila Berry A week ago, on Thursday 26 October 2017, one of KZN’s most dedicated and well-known activists, Wally Menne, unexpectedly passed away.  His sad death, at 66 years old, leaves a huge void. He is survived by his wife, Rose Williams, Director of Biowatch, and three sons, Adam, Robus and Verdan. Numerous tributes in […]

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Zululand Observer – Court asked to stop Tendele mine operations

The High Court application has been brought against Tendele Mining by two NGOs and a Somkhele resident By Tamlyn Jolly THE Global Environmental Trust (GET) has led a High Court application against Tendele Mining as well as various government entities for non-compliance. The applicants allege Tendele Mining’s Somkhele mine has been operating for 13 years […]

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