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Land rights and mining


Card image 09 February 2021 GroundUp

Environmentalists lose bid to close Somkhele coal mine

Judge said applicants had not produced evidence to support their claims

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Card image 10 February 2021 GroundUp

SLAPP in the face for Australian mining company

“Victory for activism and free speech” as judge rules in favour of SA lawyers, activists and social worker

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SLAPPing back: Court checks corporate bullying

Tuesday’s judgment in the mining company case provides key insights into how to recognise a SLAPP suit

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Card image 10 February 2021 Daily Maverick

Aussie mining magnate gets legal snotklap after threatening to sue SA activists for millions

Australian mining magnate loses landmark legal case set to shape future laws and tame intimidatory legal tactics by corporations, known as SLAPP suits.

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Card image 28 January 2021 GroundUp

Community and mining company clash over vanadium-rich land

Residents of Mononono village in North West take on Ikwezi Vanadium

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Card image 27 January 2021 Daily Maverick

Life and death in the shadow of Mpumalanga’s toxic coal mines

Austrian photographer Stefan Kleinowitz spent time with communities living under the toxic cloud of coal mining around eMalahleni (formerly Witbank) in Mpumalanga, documenting their daily lives. His stark images spell out their hardscrabble battle for a decent life.

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Trial will shed light on Wild Coast violence

A trial related to an outbreak of violence over the Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project looks set to expose deep and bitter divisions in the Amadiba community on the Wild Coast.

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Card image 03 January 2021 Daily Maverick

Our Burning Planet Hero of the Year: Fikile Ntshangase

Brutally slain at her KwaZulu-Natal home in October, this environmental defender’s life and murder represent every activist’s fight in an age of high stakes.

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Card image 09 December 2020 GroundUp

Diamond divers warn of damage to seabed from West Coast mining dams

Sea is so dark with sediment “we can’t even dive with lights”

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Card image 29 November 2020 Daily Maverick

Xolobeni and Somkhele: More assassinations feared as state drags its feet

Sceptics might be excused for not breathing a huge sigh of relief at the news that the SAPS is investigating death threats against Nonhle Mbuthuma of the Amadiba Crisis Committee. Previous investigations have failed to apprehend assassins, and the investigation into the assassination of ‘Bazooka’ Radebe was allegedly interfered with by senior SAPS officials.

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