Save the rhinos
To South Africa’s new Minister of Mineral Resources, Ngoako Ramatlhodi:
As citizens from across South Africa and around the world, we are appalled by the possibility of a coal mine being developed right on the borders of the spectacular Hluhluwe-iMfolozi park. This mine will threaten the world’s greatest rhino sanctuary at a time when South Africa is losing a bloody war against rhino poachers. It will also wreck the wilderness and undermine local people’s rights. As the Minister of Mineral Resources, you can stop this dirty coal mine in its tracks. We call on you to scrap this project and forbid all future mining around the park.
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Conservationists, scientists and local communities all oppose the mine and are shocked that the government has allowed it to progress this far. But a new Mineral Resources Minister is starting work this week, and if we all speak out we could make stopping this rhino threatening mine the first issue on his desk.
The Minister will want to win hearts when he first comes into office. Let’s make this mine publicly toxic. Click to join the urgent call to save the rhinos, and then tell everyone. If we reach 500,000 signatures this week, Avaaz will welcome the new Minister to work with a herd of cardboard rhinos.