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The world’s greatest rhino sanctuary is under threat. Plans are underway to build an open-cast coal mine just 40 metres from the park’s border, wrecking the wilderness and potentially poisoning the World Heritage wetlands downstream. Park rangers also fear it will clear the way for poachers, who have butchered nearly 400 rhinos in South Africa his year alone, but we can stop this mine if we act now.
Conservationists, scientists and local communities all oppose the mine and are shocked that the government has allowed it to progress this far. But we can halt this disastrous project in its tracks. Elections have just taken place, let’s make sure the very first issue on the new Mineral Resources Minister’s desk is stopping this dirty coal mine.
Let’s make the mine politically toxic as new ministers are assigned their new portfolios. If 500,000 people sign, Avaaz will put rhinos in front of Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi's office on his first day. We’ll work with key media organisations to make sure rhinos are in the headlines. Sign now:
Hluhluwe-iMofolozi is the oldest natural park in Africa, credited with saving the white rhino from extinction. It is also one of South Africa’s greatest natural treasures - home to a wealth of wildlife and one of the last patches of true wilderness left in the country. And it could be poisoned by yet another coal mine, which would pollute the surrounding area as well as spewing tonnes of carbon pollution into the air and adding to dangerous climate change.
The government has misjudged how much South Africans love this park -- and a broad coalition are leaping to it’s defense. The traditional owners of the land were kept in the dark throughout the process and are some of the fiercest critics of the dirty development. But they are fighting back. They do not want to be relocated to make way for a massive mine. They do not want to see their homes and fields bulldozed and blasted, their communities uprooted.
We can help them to defend their rights - and preserve the iMfolozi wilderness and protect its endangered rhinos. Together, we can show the government that South Africans value their remaining natural heritage far more than coal. Add your name now and we will create a storm around the new Minister that will force him to scrap this project and forbid any future mining within the buffer zone around the park.
When Avaaz launched a campaign to stop the lion bone trade in South Africa -- we forced a landmark decision in South African court, enshrining free speech and fearlessly taking on the SA government. Now let’s bring the same people power to save a priceless patch of wilderness for future generations,
With hope and determination,
Richard, Emily, Sam, Alice, Rewan, Mais, Marigona and the whole Avaaz team
Proposed mine to despoil nature (The New Age)
Untested new South Africa mines minister faces baptism of fire (Reuters)
Alarm over proposed mine produces 500 signatures (IoL Business Report)