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 Despite this broad and worldwide opposition, Ibutho Coal Ltd has not withdrawn its application.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

  • Press Release: Tendele Admits to Invalid Mining Right.
    Tendele Mining (Pty) Limited conceded last week to a Gauteng High Court Judge that the case brought against it by the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) is valid. By doing so, the mine admits that its 212km2 mining right application was defective and should never have been granted by… Continue reading The post Press […]
  • GET SET FOR CONSTITUTIONAL COURT APPEAL
    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… Continue reading The post GET […]
  • Carte-Blanche: Encroaching Risks for Mining Activists
    Continue reading The post Carte-Blanche: Encroaching Risks for Mining Activists first appeared on Save our iMfolozi Wilderness.
  • BRUTAL ASSAULT OF TRESPASSERS BY ZULULAND COAL MINE & POLICE
    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… Continue reading The post BRUTAL […]
  • MEDIA RELEASE – Supreme Court of Appeal Application pushes for mining sector compliance
    MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2 November, 2020 CONTACT: Kirsten Youens, youens@youensattorneys.co.za  Mobile 061 226 6868 Janice Tooley, janicetooley@jtaenvirolaw.com  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 &… Continue reading The post MEDIA […]
  • THE KILLING OF SOMKHELE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST, FIKILE NTSHANGASE 
    “I refused to sign. I cannot sell out my people. And if need be, I will die for my people.” Tragically, grandmother Fikile Ntshangase’s words became a reality when she was gunned down in her home at Ophondweni, near Mtubatuba, on the evening of 22 October 2020.  Mama Ntshangashe was… Continue reading The post THE […]
  • 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.… Continue reading The post 50|50 […]
  • High stakes at Somkhele: Mine relocation row puts lives on the line
         May 15, 2020 Shootings, threats and other violence have ratcheted up tensions in Somkhele where a mine extension has exposed deep fault lines in a poor community. Fred Kockott and Matthew Hattingh report The Mthethwa home, near the Somkhele coal mine in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, was raked by gunfire recently while the family, including… Continue reading The post High […]
  • 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… Continue reading The post A […]
  • 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… Continue reading The post Appeal […]