For people whose rights have been, are being, or will be infringed by programmes, policies or developments that:

      • cause, or have the potential to cause, significant environmental degradation and pollution; 
      • contribute significantly to climate change; and/or
      • counter and/or prevent the adaptations necessary to combat the effects of climate change.


Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of Petmin, has been operating the Somkhele open cast coal mine in northern KwaZulu-Natal since 2007. The mine is located on Ingonyama Trust land under the Mpukunyoni Traditional Authority situated between the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and the town of Mtubatuba. 


Our clients:

  • Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) comprising over 3,000 community members
  • Global Environmental Trust
  • Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA)
  • ActionAid South Africa
  • South African Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) 


Our services & support:

  • Constitutional Court Appeal
  • High Court Review of 2016 Mining Right
  • Administrative Appeal of Water Use Licence
  • EIAs for environmental authorisation & waste management licences
  • Community empowerment & support (training & trauma counselling) 




Zululand Anthracite Colliery (Pty) Ltd (ZAC), currently owned by the mining investment company Menar, started mining anthracite (high quality coal) in northern KwaZulu Natal in 1987. ZAC holds two mining rights over an area totalling 262 km2 (26,231 ha) which extends over three traditional authority areas – Mandlakazi, Matheni and Usuthu.

Our client:
Global Environmental Trust (GET)

Our services & support

  • Appeal of water use licence for the Mngeni Adit
  • Appeal of environmental authorisation for Mngeni Adit
  • Ad hoc legal advice on request


The proposed Musina Makhado Special Economic Zone (“MMSEZ”) development is the second phase of a Chinese funded “mega city” in Limpopo Province which will require the destruction of approximately 8 000 hectares of pristine indigenous vegetation to make way for a metallurgical and energy industrial cluster. The project is being driven by the Limpopo provincial government and is estimated to cost between $10 billion and $15 billion. It will take 15 years to construct. The individual industrial projects include a 3300MW coal fired power station as well as coke, carbon steel, pig iron, ferrochromium, ferromanganese, silicon-manganese and calcium carbide plants.

Our services 

  • Participating in the EIA process (& appeal of environmental authorisation if issued).