Global Frackdown protest march in Cape Town

AfriForum/Treasure the Karoo Action Group

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Global Frackdown protest march in Cape Town

 A broad spectrum of civil rights and environmental organisations will be represented in a multidisciplinary protest action in support of the global day of anti-fracking, energy justice and in commemoration of the death of Nigerian activist Ken Saro Wiwa in 1995. An anti-fracking protest march is scheduled for Cape Town central on October 18, Friday.

The event, authorized by the City of Cape Town, and arranged by Project 90’s Gray Maguire, will commence at 12:30 at Cape Peninsula University of Technology – Cape Town Campus at 12:30. Marchers will proceed to and past Parliament and the protest will culminate with the handover of letters to Shell at the offices of [SA subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell], Shell SA, on the foreshore.

Representatives from the Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance, Khoisan community of the Eastern Cape, AfriForum, Treasure Karoo Action Group, Ogoni Solidarity Forum, Earthlife, Climate Justice Campaign, Million Climate Jobs Campaign, South African Catholic Bishops Conference, SAFCEI, and other faith-based and civic organisations are expected to take part.

The event takes place a day ahead of Global Frackdown on October 19 – an event initiated in the United States. Media interviews can be arranged outside the offices of Shell at 10 Rua Vasco Da Gama, foreshore.


Kenule “Ken” Beeson Saro Wiwa (10 October 1941 – 10 November 1995) was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize. Saro-Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people, an ethnic minority in Nigeria whose homeland, Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta has been targeted for crude oil extraction since the 1950s and which has suffered extreme environmental damage from decades of indiscriminate petroleum waste dumping. Initially as spokesperson, and then as President, of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Saro-Wiwa led a nonviolent campaign against environmental degradation of the land and waters of Ogoniland by the operations of the multinational petroleum industry, especially the Royal Dutch Shell company. He was also an outspoken critic of the Nigerian government, which he viewed as reluctant to enforce environmental regulations on the foreign petroleum companies operating in the area.

At the peak of his non-violent campaign, Saro-Wiwa was arrested, hastily tried by a special military tribunal, and hanged in 1995 by the military government of General Sani Abacha, all on charges widely viewed as entirely politically motivated and completely unfounded. His execution provoked international outrage and resulted in Nigeria’s suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations for over three years.






While your global chief Peter Voser admits that he regrets involving Shell in shale gas in the US, you continue to push shale gas mining in South Africa. As we stand here today Shell is trying to sell its shale gas assets in Texas and Colorado.

If you can’t make an economic success of it in America how can you expect to do it in this water-scarce country? Even in Shell’s own country there is a moratorium on shale gas mining – if it is not good enough for them, why should it be good enough for South Africa?

Fracking is today banned or under moratorium and restriction in more than 200 places around the world. France’s constitutional court has just confirmed that the ban against fracking in France is constitutional and upheld.

Shell has consistently mislead the South African government and our people since January 2011. Shell has many violations for shale gas mining in the United States. And your activities in the US have polluted people’s water.

Your shale gas drilling rigs are not welcome in the Karoo and we will oppose you in every street and on every field. We will meet you at every farm gate and in every community hall, we will see you in court in South Africa, and we will take this fight to your offices in London and Amsterdam.

We call on you to release your options over the Karoo and send your shale gas marketing team back to Holland.

If you insist on pushing your shale gas agenda we have three words for you:


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