Save Our Wilderness: uMfolozi Municipality Spatial Development Framework Indicates Mining at Fuleni by iButho Coal Taken as Given

6 September 2019; Originally published by Save Our Wilderness on 5 September (link here).

Picture credit and additional information: Map 18: Mining Areas indicates that the most potential mining land within the municipality is along the coast where most of the illegal and legal mining activities occur. Furthermore, the far western portion of the municipality, (within wards 17, 12 and 13) is dominated by coal mining activities. Currently iButho Coal mining has undergone negotiations to propose an open cast mine on the boundary of iMfolozi Wilderness Area.

The final Spatial Development Framework for the uMfolozi Municipality has been released. 

The uMfolozi Municipality stretches from the southern borders of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park to the coast. Map 18 on mining areas shows the area identified for coal mining running along the southern border of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.

Especially problematic is the following paragraph, from page 102 of the Spatial Development Framework:

The Fuleni area consists of large exploitable anthracite deposits which fall under the Fuleni Coal Mine project by iButho Coal. iButho Coal has undertaken an environmental assessment as part of the pre-feasibility study, and are still set to conduct further environmental assessments once they attain the mining licence for the area. In order for the mining operations to commence, one river will be blocked for the use of the mine and certain households will be relocated for safety reasons.

[Italics added for emphasis]

It is clear that the Municipality has endorsed iButho Coal’s mining application even though the Department of Mineral Resources had rejected iButho Coal’s application on grounds that they cannot adequately mitigate the impacts their mine would have on the iMfolozi Wilderness area.

iButho Coal is currently appealing this decision.

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The Crowd vs. Destructive Mining in Zululand

Coal companies and the South African government have to stop with coal mining that puts Zululand and its people in danger and threatens the world’s greatest concentration of rhinos in the wilderness area of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve.  Read more …

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Additional Affidavits Filed in Application to Review Tendele Mine in South Africa

Friday 31 May 2019 was an important day for the case supported by The Crowd vs. Destructive Mining in Zululand. Attorney Kirsten Youens, and second Applicant and Treasurer of the community organization, MCEJO (the first Applicant), Sabelo Dladla, filed supplementary founding affidavits in the application to review and set aside at 222 square km mining right for open cast coal. 

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Ban on Trade of Wild Animals in China Stands

GOOD NEWS! Ban on Trade of Rhino Horn and Tiger Parts in China Still Stands

 

19 November 2018

In October 2018, China’s government announced a decision that outraged conservation groups worldwide. China was planning to lift the 25-year-old ban on the trade of rhino horn and tiger parts.

The Chinese government argued that the use was only for ‘medical research’, using animals bred in captivity. Environmental groups spoke out against the plan and addressed the devastating effects. It is not possible to discern the difference between animals from the wild and from captivity once they have been destroyed.

Black market

Both tigers and Rhinos are endangered species. A black market for the use of parts of the animals already puts a lot of pressure on the population of wildlife. This lift would only make this pressure worse. It would confuse consumers and authorities about what is considered legal and what is not.

Postpone the decision

A few weeks later the official Xinhua News Agency reported that, after further study, they have decided to postpone the decision.

It is not clear if it would be permanent, but at this moment the old ban is still in force. This means that they prohibit the import and export, sale, transport, carrying and use of rhino horns and tiger bones.

This case proves again that public opinion and protest does have an effect, which is good news for these beautiful animals, who are part of the Big Five, and reserves all over the world, including the beautiful Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Wilderness area.

Original article: Reuters.com