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SA’s oldest game reserve under threat
Wednesday, 09 July 2014
The fate of Africa’s oldest proclaimed nature reserve, the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Wilderness Park, will be decided in January when the Department of Mineral Resources is expected to announce whether it will grant a mining licence to Ibutho Coal.

Ibutho Coal has applied to start an open-pit mine, the Fuleni Anthracite Project, within 70 metres of the boundary fence of the iMfolozi Wilderness Area. Conservationists believe the noise, blasting, vibrations and other side-effects of the mining will have a severe adverse impact on this world-famous wilderness area.

Global Environmental Trust co-ordinator, Sheila Berry, told eTNW a campaign called ‘Save our Mfolozi’ has been set up to stop the proposed mine. She says Ibutho Coal and Jacana Consultants have stated their intention of presenting the EIA by the end of September, despite a deluge of comments and objections.  “If this schedule is adhered to, then the decision to grant the mining licence will be made on 27 January 2015,” says Berry.

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) noted that in addition to affecting the park’s fauna and flora there was a strong likelihood that the mine would lead to an increase in poaching in park, which contains one of the densest populations of rhino in the world. 

The St Lucia and iSimangaliso World Heritage Site is also threatened by the mine’s acid drainage, according to iSimangaliso Wetland Park chief executive, Andrew Zaloumis. In a letter to Ibutho’s environmental consultants, Zaloumis said: “Without proper management, these acids find their way into the surrounding waterways. As long as rain falls on the mine and mine tailings (mine dumps) the production of sulphuric acid continues, whether the mine is operating or not.” 
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