Ibutho Coal must leave us alone

This letter was originally published in The Mercury on the 29th June 2015. (then republished on Save Our Wilderness)

 

mg_7548

 

Dear Mr Editor

I am writing to say thank you to Mr Tony Carnie for his article Nearly 1 000 face removal by mine in the Mercury on 23 June 2015 explaining to the Fuleni residents what the future will be if the coal mine moves into our villages.

He has told us more than the Jacana consultants who have had many years to consult with us but have chosen to ignore us.

We have been to visit the Somkhele coal mine and we have seen how the people are being treated there.  People are living in cracked houses built for them by the mine in a very small area close to the mine.  They hear the noise from the mine day and night.

When the wind blows there is black coal dust making the people suffer from asthma and other diseases.  The mine takes all the water.  Their cattle are thin and dying because of the coal dust on the grass and poisoning the water.

The mine has disrespected the graves of their ancestors and not paid the cow and goat they promised for each grave.  If they cannot even pay so little to the people then how will the people get any of the R350-million Somkhele says in the newspapers it has given to them in shares?

Yes, some people have become rich from the mine, but the people living on the ground know they will not see any of this money.  Where are all the jobs promised to the people by the mine before it started?  One man who fought to have the mine had a job for six months then lost it. Now, for eight years he has been crying.

We live far from Somkhele mine and already we are suffering the impacts of this coal mine.  It is more than 10kms away, but  Ibutho Coal wants to put its mine 500m away from our houses.  They do not care about the noise and dust affecting our health and hurting our children.  This is abuse.

People who were moved to Ocilwane in 1963 were promised they would not be moved again.  No one wants to move.  What we have seen at Somkhele and what Mr Tony Carnie has said makes us sure we do not want the mine.  What we want is for Ibutho Coal to leave us alone.

Billy Mnqondo,

Ocilwane Village activist

 

Related Posts

Protect sacred natural sites to realise indigenous rights, says African Commission
In Photos: Solidarity in action at rally to stop Druridge Bay coal mine
We stand in solidarity: South African and UK communities unite to reject plans for Druridge Bay open-cast coal mine
Open Letter: South African communities ask UK planners to reject new open-cast coal mine
Demonstration targets Petmin’s key investors with demands to divest from Tendele coal mine
Amadiba Commemorates Environmental Defender Sikhosiphi Bazooka Radebe
Resistance, exchange, (post)extractivism: YLNM Coordinators meet in Galicia- in photos
Community Mapping & Resistance Ghana

Community Mapping & Resistance Ghana

  • Written on: 03 February 2017
  • Posted under: Videos
The Matatiele Manifesto: South African communities unite to say yes to life, no to extraction!
In Madagascar, the village of Soamahamanina manages to stop a Chinese mining giant!
Women Building Power- Toolkit for climate and energy justice for African women
New Women Building Power toolkit for women’s rights activists launched
REPORT: The New Colonialism: Britain’s scramble for Africa’s energy and mineral resources
#MineAlert South Africa
Mining, Murder and a British Millionaire: Protestors stand in solidarity with South African communities opposing mining
#StandWithAmadiba

#StandWithAmadiba

  • Written on: 11 May 2016
  • Posted under: Videos
Follow the Money – From Pondoland to London Wall
Talking Africa: Podcast on Mining in South Africa and Issues of Violence and Community Engagement
KZN residents up in arms over proposed coal mine

KZN residents up in arms over proposed coal mine

  • Written on: 25 April 2016
  • Posted under: Videos
SOUTH AFRICA: Fuleni community blockade stops mining authority visit
Respect communities’ right to say “NO” – Benchmarks Foundation to Australian High Commission
Graham Edwards: Divest from MRC!

Graham Edwards: Divest from MRC!

  • Written on: 06 April 2016
  • Posted under: Campaigns
Suspend Wild Coast mining, say leading health academics
Violence and Intimidation at Funeral of ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe
UnderMining Life: Activists Threatened in South Africa

UnderMining Life: Activists Threatened in South Africa

  • Written on: 31 March 2016
  • Posted under: Videos
Statement: 82 civil society organisations condemn the assassination of Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe, chairperson of Amadiba Crisis Committee!
Amadiba Crisis Committee chairman brutally murdered
The Rise of Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the Extractive Sectors: Challenges and Considerations for African Countries
Urgent YLNM Letter: Protect Ekuri Community Forest, Nigeria
Stop the construction of the Cross River State Superhighway immediately!
We need a real “Alternatives to Mining” Indaba
Report: Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Power the Global Trade in Cobalt
South Africa: 350africa.org, EarthLore and Womin call on Government to protect water and declare climate change state of emergency
PETITION AGAINST THE ACTIVITIES OF AZUMA RESOURCES IN TOME
Take Action: Support the people of Lamu to prevent coal-fired misery!
Diamond mining continues to cause suffering for Bushmen
Mining firm reconsiders Zululand plans

Mining firm reconsiders Zululand plans

Midland Community Take a Stand Against Fracking

Midland Community Take a Stand Against Fracking

  • Written on: 23 November 2015
  • Posted under: Videos
OUR ROOTS, OUR RESPONSIBILITY: INDIGENOUS CUSTODIANS CALL FOR RECOGNITION AND PROTECTION OF SACRED NATURAL SITES
Report: Corporate tax dodging costs Zambia $3billion a year
Revival

Revival

  • Written on: 12 November 2015
  • Posted under: Videos
A Call for Legal Recognition of Sacred Natural Sites and their Customary Governance Systems
Let communities act on water crisis

Let communities act on water crisis

Communities, Companies and Conflict in Zimbabwe
[Briefing] Rights Extracted: Toward transparency & respect for human rights in mining, oil & gas in Francophone Africa
Human Rights Defender Myness Musaamba assaulted at a ‘Community Development’ Meeting at Arda Transau
Map of Abandoned Mines in sub-Saharan Africa
Ngisika elijikayo/The tip of the iceberg

Ngisika elijikayo/The tip of the iceberg

Zimbabwe: Disaster strikes in Arda Transau Mining Relocation Area
The Fuleni coal mine serves no-one

The Fuleni coal mine serves no-one

Zimbabwe: Villagers of Arda Transau displaced by mining told they must pay to farm
Communities being stripped of their heritage by mining
Outrage over coal mine bordering Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Wilderness
Our Resistance, Our Hope: Unity Statement of the International People’s Conference on Mining
‘Rivers of Acid’ in Zambian Villages

‘Rivers of Acid’ in Zambian Villages

Huge Opposition to Zululand coal mine ‘catastrophe’
Campaigning against coal in KwaZulu Natal

Campaigning against coal in KwaZulu Natal

  • Written on: 27 August 2015
  • Posted under: Videos
Lesethleng Community fight to recover lost farmland
African Civil Society Says Yes to Life, No to Mining!
Dirty Diggers: A report on gold mining in Upper West Ghana
Social Cartography: opportunities for social movements, activism and resistance in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Achievements of the Global Day Against Mega Mining
Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining in Africa
Ibutho Coal must leave us alone

Ibutho Coal must leave us alone

On Kenya’s Coast, a Struggle for the Sacred
Mining on Top Africa: London Summit Disrupted
Africa-UK Civil Society Letter to the Mining on Top Africa: London Summit
Case Studies: Is Mining really ‘on top’ in Africa?
Corporate Social Investment in South Africa: A view from the inside
PRESS RELEASE: African Civil Society Challenges London Mining Conference
The Community Speaks: Coal Mining in the Tete Province

The Community Speaks: Coal Mining in the Tete Province

  • Written on: 25 June 2015
  • Posted under: Videos
Communities of South Africa’s Wild Coast: Stop forced mining on our sacred beaches!
South Africa: Fuleni communities tell Ibutho Coal to leave and never return!
Support the Maputo Declaration on Climate Justice!
Women‘s Perspectives on the Impact of Mining on the Right to Food
Conservation Refugees – Expelled from Paradise

Conservation Refugees – Expelled from Paradise

  • Written on: 08 April 2015
  • Posted under: Videos
A Healthy Relationship? Wellcome Trust’s refusal to cut ties with fossil fuel industry is unacceptable
In Pictures – Yes to Life No to Mining raises the voice of African civil society against the extractives
Let them eat carbon! The corporate plan to cook Africa in its own fossil fuels
African civil society and global allies challenge Chatham House conference on ‘Extractive Industries in Africa’
Divestment, in Solidarity: NAPE Uganda reach out to London’s divestment campaigners
DECLARATION:  WOMEN STAND THEIR GROUND AGAINST BIG COAL
Mining Our Roots

Mining Our Roots

  • Written on: 19 January 2015
  • Posted under: Videos
Nnimmo Bassey says #YestoLifeNotoMining

Nnimmo Bassey says #YestoLifeNotoMining

  • Written on: 11 December 2014
  • Posted under: Videos
Ghana’s Upper West Coalition on Mining, Food, Water and Sacred Sites calls President to halt Mining activities in Upper West Region
United in resistance – Letters spark solidarity across continents
Save the Lower Zambezi Campaign

Save the Lower Zambezi Campaign

  • Written on: 10 November 2014
  • Posted under: Campaigns
Gold Rush: Protecting Sacred Groves in Ghana’s Upper West region
Ugandan Communities Resist Oil and Gas Extraction in Bunyoro Kingdom
Sierra Leone’s Mining Boom and Human Rights
War and the Militarisation of Mining in Eastern Congo
Drillers in the Mist: Soco International in Virunga National Park
The Impact of Mining on Human Rights in Uganda
Mining and its Impacts on Water, Food Sovereignty and Sacred National Sites in Uganda
South Africa’s Rainmakers Fight Against Coal

South Africa’s Rainmakers Fight Against Coal

Sacred Voices – A film and a message for the world

Start a Conversation. Share Words of Solidarity.

This website is about building a movement. We can only build a movement when we connect with one another. We invite you to do just that…

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *