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Global Environmental Trust and others v Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd and others

19 October 2017

In this matter, the Global Environmental Trust (GET), the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation and a community activist, Sabelo Dladla (the applicants) applied to the Pietermartizburg High Court for an order interdicting and restraining Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd (Tendele) from carrying on any mining operations on properties in northern KwaZulu-Natal near the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in respect of which Tendele holds mining rights.

The applicants allege that Tendele does not have environmental authorisation for conducting activities ancillary to mining in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (NEMA), written approval in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Heritage Act, 2008, a waste management licence in terms of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (NEMWA) or the rezoning of the relevant properties in terms of applicable land use law.

The applicants argue that Tendele must be interdicted from continuing with its operations.

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Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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