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The proposed mining area is sited only 40 metres from the boundary of the pristine iMfolozi Wilderness Area, the first declared wilderness in Africa. It 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.

The Wilderness Area has a strong cultural heritage, dating back to the Stone Age. For the Zulu people, it is an important sacred site since before the time of King Shaka. HiP enjoys a reputation as a major tourist attraction and has drawn visitors from all over the world for more than 100 years. This unique wilderness area with such a rich history can never be replaced. South Africa has thousands of mines. It is time to put soul above coal.

Two coal mines already enclose the iMfolozi Park: Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) owned by Rio Tinto, and the Somkhele mine, operating as Tendele and owned by Petmin???. With this application for a third mine, iMfolozi will literally be hemmed in by mining operations. Open-cast coal mining requires a substantial amount of water, and inevitably causes widespread air, noise and water pollution. All this results in irreparable environmental damage.

Our legal strategy is to object all the way to the South African Constitutional Court. Our first victory was the rejection of the inadequate Scoping Report for the Fuleni mine in September 2014. We will continue these challenges at every opportunity.

We strongly contest the rationale of exporting the coal to China, India and Spain, and leaving South Africa with serious environmental impacts and human rights issues that extend from the local communities all the way to theiSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage site on South Africa’s eastern coastline.

We are working very closely with the four affected Fuleni villages to support their stand against the mine.

A fast-growing movement is opposing the Fuleni mine, as shown by almost 165,000 signatures collected by the Avaaz petition and the Care2 petition. Despite this broad and worldwide opposition, Ibutho Coal Ltd has not withdrawn its application. GET has the support of the local affected communities as it prepares itself to take legal action to safeguard a healthy sustainable environment and a pristine wilderness, originally created as a sanctuary for rhinos.

The launch of the Grrrowd campaign on 17 November 2014 is crucial for our fight for environmental, economic and social justice.  We need to show the SA government and Ibutho Coal that the iMfolozi Wilderness Area is sacrosanct and that there is overwhelming international opposition to proceeding with this mining application.

South Africa has no shortage of mines but a unique wilderness area with such a rich history can NEVER be replaced.

RSS Posts from Save our iMfolozi Wilderness

  • Hope for Somkhele, Place of Pain
    “On Thursday, 15 February 2018, one hundred and twenty people gathered in Somkhele, near the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, to document stories of how their lives have been devastated by Tendele coal mine for the past thirteen years. This brings hope that life in Somkhele is going to change for the… Continue reading
  • Fighting destructive mining in South Africa: help MACUA activists raise profile of “right to say No!” campaign
    Mining Affected Communities in United Action started this petition to the South African Department of Mineral Resources and 3 others Mining-affected communities are repeatedly denied what is known as the right to free prior and informed consent (FPIC) when it comes to mining developments in their backyard. You can help them fight for a Right to… Continue reading
  • 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… Continue reading
  • 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… Continue reading
  • 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)… Continue reading
  • 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… Continue reading
  • Summary of Court papers – Global Environmental Trust and Others vs Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd and Others
    By Kirsten Youens Our court hearing against Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd and Others is set down for 24 August 2018. Here is a very brief summary of the papers:   Our Founding Papers request the Court to grant an interdict preventing Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd from operating their… Continue reading
  • Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign – Update Jan 2018
    By Rob Symons I trust all all our supporters and the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness community have had a good holiday season and are off to prosperous New Year. We have seen significant developments in our campaign through 2017 so here is a concise update of where we are. Ibutho… Continue reading
  • 50|50 Documentary – Threat to the Elephants of Thula Thula
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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… Continue reading