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.

Campaigns

SAVE OUR IMFOLOZI WILDERNESS

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.

TRIBUTE TO GOGO MARIA NDLOVU

Warm, Loving and Wise…These three words best describe Gogo Ndlovu according to the GET research team who are interviewing elders in Somkhele to learn what life was like in the area as far back as the 1930s. Sadly, on the afternoon of 16 November, Gogo Ndlovu passed away, a couple of weeks after she had […]

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ZAC’s Devastating Pollution Dam Breach

This is the third 50|50 documentary programme that exposes the dishonesty that characterises Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), not only currently but for much of its existence. When the lies start at the top, it soon becomes the culture of an organisation where everyone defaults to being dishonest, especially when in a corner.

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South African government urged to take bold steps to empower our Constitutional Rights to a healthy environment

JOINT PRESS RELEASE: 25 October 2021On Friday, 22 October, in remembrance and support of environmental activist and campaigner, Fikile Ntshangase, a group consisting of environmental justice activists, NGOs and community members, from the area surrounding a controversial coal mine, marched on the anniversary of her murder. The march was in support of the #DefendTheDefenders and […]

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Unforgettable Fikile’s Golden Dream

By Sheila Berry 2021 was to be the year of jam making in Ophondweni. Not any jam but a very particular jam with the name of Qhomqhom in Zulu. This is the name given to gooseberries that grow in abundance in this part of KwaZulu Natal. Fikile had been very excited when she first saw […]

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Unforgettable Fikile

By Sheila Berry Mam Fikile Ntshangase was a shero who paid with her life for her strong belief in justice and integrity. It took 6 bullets from a hired assassin’s gun to silence this 63-year-old woman who unflinchingly spoke out against corruption, illegal actions and acts of betrayal.  Fikile’s name means “arrived” in Zulu and […]

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Tribute to Baba Ndlanzi

By Sheila Berry GET, MCEJO and All Rise wish to pay belated tribute to our much-loved Baba Makwela Canaka Ndlanzi, who died on 27 August 2021. Mr Ndlanzi was a loyal member of the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) who regularly attended our community meetings. We offer our condolences to the family and trust […]

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ZAC Attack – In honour of Ntombenhle Nene

This is the story of the struggle the late Ntombenhle Nene was engaged in at the time of her premature death, on 15 August 2021, from meningitis. It is a struggle dating back to 2015, when she and her dear friend and brother, Mlindeli Ndimande, joined other activists to challenge the injustices and suffering inflicted […]

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