GET was established in 2010 by an interested group of people who recognized the need to form a trust to promote and influence the wise use of the natural environment to ensure that biodiversity is maintained. This involves challenging and containing human activities that degrade, debase and/or harm conservation areas and sensitive and/or significant ecosystems, and that contribute to the impoverishment of affected communities rather than to their upliftment.



Saying NO to developments that will have a negative effect on the community and environment

The proposed developments are sited on the boundary of the iMfolozi Wilderness Area, the first declared wilderness in Africa. The Wilderness area 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.

Minister Mantashe fails to pitch to honour discussions with KZN communities on Mining Charter

  Tuesday, 22nd May 2018, Pietermaritzburg: The Minister of Mineral Resources, Mr Gwede Mantashe failed to honour his commitment to visit the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province today to discuss the Mining Charter.  Community people gathered from Newcastle area (Normandien, Kliprand Farm and Uitkomst communities) and Somkhele, where Petmin’s coal mine is being challenged by local community people.  More than […]

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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 KwaMsane, next to Somkhele, and […]

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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 better. Sadly, 45 year old […]

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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 say NO to mining developments that […]

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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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‘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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