Zululand Observer – Court asked to stop Tendele mine operations

The High Court application has been brought against Tendele Mining by two NGOs and a Somkhele resident By Tamlyn Jolly THE Global Environmental Trust (GET) has led a High Court application against Tendele Mining as well as various government entities for non-compliance. The applicants allege Tendele Mining’s Somkhele mine has been operating for 13 years […]

UKZN seminar in honour of Mr Gednezar Dladla

  On August 22, 2017 the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Pietermaritzburg, hosted a seminar in honour of the late Mr Gednezar Dladla. The event was organised by Dr Adrian Nel of the Faculty of Geography. Present were members of Mr Dladla’s family: his widow Mamtshali Dladla, his sisters Gerlie Dladla and Bangeni Mchunu, and his […]

Dangers of being a defender of environmental justice in South Africa

By Kirsten Youens The fifth anniversary of the Marikana mine massacre on 16 August 2017 serves as a stark reminder that mining is a very dangerous industry to oppose.   A recent report issued by Global Witness states [1] that “at least 200 people were killed in 24 countries last year in retaliation for standing […]

Environmental justice in South Africa – a legal discussion with specific reference to the Fuleni case in northern KwaZulu-Natal

By Kirsten Youens What is environmental justice and what does it mean in the South African and, more specifically, the Fuleni context? Few cases have sought to explore the relationship between environmental and socio-economic rights, particularly from a legal angle, as much as the Fuleni case. According to David MacDonald Environmental justice is about incorporating […]