Northern KZN mine can stay open as environmentalists lose court battle

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

10 February 2021 - 20:35 By matthew savides

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...

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