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. The extent of the dishonesty that emerges is a shocking indictment of the mining sector. The documentary is a tribute to Thanda Zulu who had the courage and tenacity to persist in drawing attention to the injustices in his community.

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 and her family in Ophondweni […]

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MEDIA RELEASE – Critical High Court Application pushes for mining sector compliance

 Wednesday, in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, a strong legal team is determined to ensure the right to appeal the dismissal of GET & MCEJO’s application exposing Tendele coal mine’s lack of compliance with environmental laws and the Constitution, and to ensure the mining sector complies with the law. MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Critical […]

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Law Applies to All – except to Tendele

Two hundred members of the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) from Somkhele and Fuleni, in Zululand, held a peaceful but powerful demonstration outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday to draw attention to their strong opposition to the Tendele coal mine accused of operating without the required authorisations concerning environmental impacts, management of toxic […]

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Media Release – Summary of Proceedings: Tendele/Somkhele Coal Mining Case

The application brought by The Global Environment Trust (GET) and members of Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organization (MCEJO) against Tendele Coal Mining (PTY) LTD, on 24 August 2018 in the Pietermaritzburg Supreme Court has been heard. Judgement to be handed down in about 3 months PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Our day In court: Our senior counsel, […]

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SUMMARY OF THE APPLICATION AGAINST TENDELE COAL MINING (PTY) LTD AND OTHERS IN THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA, KWAZULU-NATAL, PIETERMARITZBURG. TO BE HEARD 24 AUGUST 2018

Below is a summary of the court case scheduled for 24 August 2018. A list of relevant court papers and documents are provided below with links to download or view. The parties bringing the application are: Global Environmental Trust Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation Sabelo Dladla The application is brought against: Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) […]

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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 are adamant that our country’s […]

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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 appeal​ to the Director-General of Mineral […]

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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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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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