Marizka Coetzer
3 minute read
19 Jun 2021
5:10 am

Offshore oil wells threaten SA fisheries and more, say NGOs

Marizka Coetzer

'If something happens offshore, it can affect the entire east coast of SA and wipe out fisheries.'

Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Barbara Creecy addresses the community at a game release event in the Groot Marico district of North West Province on Saturday, 22 June 2021. Picture: Amanda Watson

Ocean interest groups have come together to form the Oceans Not Oil campaign that aims to get 20 000 signatures in a petition against the approval of drilling offshore by the department of environment, forestry and fisheries. Interest groups from Mtunzini beach, New Point beach, Durban, Scottburgh beach, Vaal River, Seaforth Beach, Simon’s Town, Clifton Fourth Beach, and Cape Town recently held a kayaktivism (protesting by kayaking) in response to the approval by Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy last December of the Italian oil corporation and Sasol’s application for exploratory drilling offshore. Janet Solomon, a founding member of...