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 […]

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 authorised by a mining right […]

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 trusses supporting the roof in […]

Continue reading

PUTTING THE INGONYAMA TRUST ACT IN PERSPECTIVE

‘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 […]

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) requested the court grant an […]

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 Billy Mnqondo introducing everyone who […]

Continue reading

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 of Tendele mine on […]

Continue reading

Tribute to Wally Menne

By Sheila Berry A week ago, on Thursday 26 October 2017, one of KZN’s most dedicated and well-known activists, Wally Menne, unexpectedly passed away.  His sad death, at 66 years old, leaves a huge void. He is survived by his wife, Rose Williams, Director of Biowatch, and three sons, Adam, Robus and Verdan. Numerous tributes in […]

Continue reading