Coast KZN

03 Dec 2021

NO to oil drilling

Shona Aylward (South Coast Herald) Picture: Helen Dodge of the Green Net calls on all South Coasters to support Sunday's gatherings against oil and gas drilling.

South Coasters will unite at various beaches along the coastline this Sunday (5th) at 10am to take action against the needless degradation of the ocean environment, in search of destructive fossil fuels.  Environmentalists, scientists and concerned citizens are rallying against Royal Dutch Shell’s seismic surveying on the Wild Coast, with the mid-South Coast among the many beachside venues. Helen Dodge, founder of the Green Net based in Port Shepstone said a bateleur aeroplane will be flying over to film the event, so she urged South Coast residents to be out in full force.

“We need everyone to head to their local beaches. We urge everyone to capture the movement with their cellphones or drones and flood social media networks with images and videos,” she said.

This week, four environmental and human rights organisations – supported by environmental law firm, Cullinan & Associates – filed an urgent interim interdict against Shell in the Eastern Cape Division of the Grahamstown High Court to prevent the fossil fuel company from commencing seismic testing along the ecologically diverse and sensitive marine environment of South Africa’s Wild Coast. The testing was due to start yesterday (1st).

If it goes ahead, the ship, the Amazon Warrior, uses military-grade seismic cannons to fire loud shockwave emissions every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day for five months – before moving to the Eastern Cape where blasting will continue for another five months from Gqeberha to Plettenberg Bay.

Citizens are called to join the mass gathering taking place at:
* Sheppie (North Road), Sheppie/The Block, Tweni, Sea Park, Southport, Sunwich Port, Banana Beach, Umzumbe, Pumula, Hibberdene, Umkomaas, Ifafa, Mthwalume (Mfazazana beach), Pennington and Scottburgh. The Green Net will be organising these gatherings from Port Shepstone northwards – contact Donna Monk on 083 395 5544 or Helen Dodge on 084 987 2018.

* Widenham beach (Umkomaas), Scottburgh main beach and Pennington beach. For more information, contact Rhonwyn Brayley (Umkomaas) on 082 677 7075, Claire Taylor (Scottburgh) on 076 503 7895, Debbie Anderson (Pennington) on 084 455 0177 and Dawn Hutchinson (general support) on 084 388 6289.

* There will be gatherings on Trafalgar, Glenmore, Southbroom (Granny Pool), Ramsgate, Lucien, Uvongo, St Mike’s and Shelly Beach. Ocean Friendly will be organising these gatherings from Port Shepstone to the Wild Coast – contact Taryn Burns on 076 078 7189.

* The Amadiba Crisis Committee will also march against Shell on the Amadiba beaches of the Wild Coast. The people of Amadiba will march from Mnyameni beach on at 09:00. The interest parties from the South Coast will start at the Wild Coast Sun by 10:00. The meeting point will be the Mzamba estuary. Nonhle Mbuthuma from the Amadiba Crisis can be contacted on 073 4262955.