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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 Despite this broad and worldwide opposition, Ibutho Coal Ltd has not withdrawn its application.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

  • The Truth about Tendele – Mine throws Lie Line
    The truth about Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd is that it is operating illegally.  The thick application that will be heard on 24 August 2018, at the Pietermaritzburg High Court, documents numerous instances of flagrant disregard of laws and regulations governing the environment in SA.  The parties bringing the application… Continue reading
  • iMfolozi: war against mine greed – The Sunday Tribune
    Sheila Berry meets residents of Somkhele, where coal mining operations have had a negative impact on communities and the environment. By Liz Clarke Enough is enough. We will not move! This is the heartfelt cry from a rural community in KwaZulu-Natal, whose members believe that ongoing coal operations affecting a wilderness area, which is home… Continue reading
  • Mystery ‘coal moles’ plan to burrow on fence-line of Africa’s oldest wilderness area – Daily Maverick
    By Tony Carnie There is a creature known in Zulu as the imvukuzane. It lives underground, has sharp claws and long teeth, but its face is rarely seen. It digs big holes and leaves quite a lot of mess behind on the surface. Daily Maverick picked up the scent of… Continue reading
  • New Mining Threat Looms – Zululand Observer
    By Tamlyn Jolly Just as the dust had settled on the Fuleni communities’ successful fight against an opencast mine on their doorstep, another mining company has applied for a prospecting licence in the same area. After much protesting and hostility from the Fuleni communities, Ibutho Coal in 2016 gave up… Continue reading
  • Appeal against granting of 222 km2 mining right to Tendele Coal mine rejected by DMR
    Our ​appeal​ against the issuing of a 222 square km mining right (Area 4 and 5 on the map) has been rejected by the Minister of Mineral Resources. On 31 August 2017 the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation​(MCEJO) ​and Mr Sabelo Dladla (the late Mr Gednezar Dladla’s son) submitted an ​internal… Continue reading
  • Imvukuzane Resources threatens the Fuleni Reserve and the iMfolozi wilderness
      URGENT APPEAL – REGISTER NOW AS AN INTERESTED AND AFFECTED PARTY (IAP) WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STOP A DEVASTATING NEW COAL MINE ON THE BORDER OF THE HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI PARK Background For the second time in four years, the Fuleni community, home of the Mthethwa people for centuries, is… Continue reading
  • Retired Judge David Ntshangase supports Somkhele Community
    The Somkhele community, GET and MCEJO are honoured to have the support of retired Judge David Ntshangase. He currently chairs the Marikana panel of experts tasked with investigating the nature of public order policing in South Africa, and the use of weaponry by security forces during protests. He lives in… Continue reading
  • 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