Community to tackle Sasol’s off shore oil & gas proposals

09 October 2018 - Today, the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) with more than 40 people representing community organisations from the Karoo, Matatiele, Richards Bay, Durban, Port Shepstone, Hluhluwe  and Newcastle and national NGOs such as groundWork, Support Centre for Land Change, Masifundise, Earthlife Africa, Environmental Rural Solutions,, Greenpeace, Centre for Environmental Rights, Wild Oceans and the Alternative Information Development Centre, will be challenging Sasol and their consultant’s, Environmental Resource Management (ERM) at 3pm at an open house meeting at the Gooderson Tropicana Hotel, 85 OR Tambo Parade, that ERM has organised.  

Protestor at Sasol meetingPeople from around South Africa are standing in solidarity with coastal communities in KZN and Eastern Cape and saying to Sasol and ERM: “No to oil and gas exploration and drilling”.  This struggle is in solidarity with the anti-fracking struggle in areas of Matatiele, the Karoo and Newcastle and the people in the Vaal and Highveld which suffer from Sasol’s pollution.

Over the last year SDCEA has held numerous meetings speaking to various community people and organisations along the coastline of KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape and have been the co-founder of Oceans not Oil, a campaign resisting off shore oil and gas exploration.  

In May 2018 SDCEA forced Sasol to speak to the public, rather than hiding behind their Italian partner, ENI and the consultant ERM.

John Harris, Sasol’s Vice President Upstream, addressed the people of Durban.  His responses were not meaningful.  While Sasol claims it recognises the dangers of climate change and the causes of such, they refuse to stop exploring for oil and gas and use coal, oil and gas.

It is all Greenwash.

See the letter from SDCEA and Sasol’s response.


For more information

South Durban Community Environmental Alliance 
Desmond D’Sa 
083 982 6939

Karoo Environmental Justice Movement 
Chriszanne Janse Van Vuuren
079 386 7470 

Matatiele Community
Bongi Mafuya
078 548 0156

Newcastle Community
Lucky Shabalala
074 7733817 

Bobby Peek
+27 (0) 82 464 1383