Examining the effects of coal mines on the reserve
Date: April 2009
Requesting individual/s: Dr Ian Player and Paul Dutton
Location: iMfolozi Reserve
Pilot: Bill Yeo
In late April, at the request of Dr Ian Player, Bateleurs pilot and ecologist, Paul Dutton, accompanied by Bateleurs pilot Bill Yeo, flew over the landscape adjacent to the iMfolozi Reserve. Their objective was to examine the effects that two coal mines are likely to have on the reserve, and their assessment is that both mines will have serious ecological and aesthetic impacts on the integrity of the reserve.
The photo above shows the mine on the east of the iMfolozi Reserve, while the photo below depicts the mine to the north west of the Reserve.