Mining firm reconsiders Zululand plans

Mining firm reconsiders Zululand plans

Originally published by The Mercury on 24/11/15. Public Outcry A major public outcry over coal mining next to Africa’s oldest game reserve and wilderness area has forced a local mining group back to the drawing board to consider its alternatives. Two years ago, the Johannesburg-based Ibutho Coal group announced its...

Ngisika elijikayo/The tip of the iceberg

Ngisika elijikayo/The tip of the iceberg

Sifiso Dladla, community spokesman for the ICWA (iMfolozi Community Wildlife Alliance), speaks out on why Ibutho Coal’s proposed mine “promises chaos and deception”, not prosperity in the first of a new series. Originally published in Isolezwe. October 8, 2015. Dear Readers, Mfundi wendaba, This is my first of a few columns I...

Outrage over coal mine bordering Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Wilderness

Outrage over coal mine bordering Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Wilderness

This article was originally printed in the Witness September 3, 2015.   A PROPOSAL for an anthracite mine bordering the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve has been met with outrage from various conservation groups. In a press release sent by the iMfo1ozi Community Wilderness Alliance (ICWA), director Sheila Berry said no one...

Huge Opposition to Zululand coal mine ‘catastrophe’

Huge Opposition to Zululand coal mine ‘catastrophe’

Originally at Save our iMfolozi Wilderness. The fight is on! And it promises to be one of the most bitterly contested battles in KwaZulu Natal’s environmental history. The proposed anthracite ‘Fuleni’ coal mine targeted for establishment on the south-eastern border of the world famous Hluhluwe-iMfolozi game reserve in Zululand has...

A Healthy Relationship? Wellcome Trust’s refusal to cut ties with fossil fuel industry is unacceptable

A Healthy Relationship? Wellcome Trust’s refusal to cut ties with fossil fuel industry is unacceptable

Last week the Wellcome Trust, one of the two largest health charities in the world and a prolific investor in the fossil fuel industry, refused to make the ‘grand gesture’ of divesting from fossil fuels. Speaking as the Trust comes under concerted pressure to divest from The Guardian newspaper’s keep...