Environmentalists lose bid to shut down KZN coal mine

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Environmentalists lose bid to shut down KZN coal mine

In a majority judgment, four Supreme Court judges dismiss attempt to interdict Tendele mine in Zululand from operating

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Environmentalists have lost a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) bid to interdict a northern KwaZulu-Natal mine from operating, arguing that it did not have correct environmental authorisation.

While one of five SCA judges found that the mine was operating illegally, the court ruled - in a majority judgment of four to one - in favour of Tendele Coal Mining, which operates one of the country’s biggest anthracite coal mines, near Mtubatuba in Zululand. Four of the five judges dismissed the application.

Even the dissenting judge, Ashton Schippers, said that halting the mine would decimate the local economy - and suggested giving Tendele a year to get the necessary environmental authorisation...

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