The Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal is considered an area of interest for potential shale
gas extraction using Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking). Texas-based Rhino Gas
& Oil has applied for authorisation to search for petroleum on almost 10,000 farms in the Midlands - an area covering more than 16% of the province’s
South Africa is a water scarce country, in the grips of one of the worst droughts seen indecades. The Drakensberg Mountains and foothills act as the ‘water factories’ of KwaZulu-Natal. It is vitally important to protect these areas which sustain
the flow of clean water, supporting the lives and livelihoods of nearly 6 million people downstream.
Fracking is a toxic and water intensive process with up to 600 chemicals and 20 million litres of water used per fracking well. Fracking has been linked to sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage as well as inflicting irreparable damage to the environment.
The fight to oppose the proposed fracking activities promises to be one of the
most bitterly contested battles in KwaZulu-Natal’s environmental history. If we
can’t safeguard our backyard from the devastating effects of fracking, then a
dreadful precedent will have been set that threatens other magnificent areas of
this beautiful country.
This is not a fight that is going to be won easily. If 1,000 people give $10 (or
10 Euro or ZAR100) per month, we can mount a legal and awareness campaign that
will keep our province safe. Tell your friends, neighbours and relatives. This
is people’s lives, their homes and their history. It is your children’s future.
The African Conservation Trust is a founding member of the SAFE Alliance (Sustainable Alternatives to Fracking and Exploration). Established in August 2012, the Alliance aims to act as a platform to oppose fracking and seek alternative, more sustainabledevelopment options for targeted fracking areas. The Alliance’s current focus is to utilise legal tools to oppose the issuing of any license in connection
with fracking in South Africa and build a public education and information
campaign to inform rural communities and the South African public about their
environmental rights, in particular those associated with the impacts of
The Founding Members of the Alliance are the Wilderness Foundation, Treasure
the Karoo Action Group (TKAG), the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the
African Conservation Trust.
SAFE has now evolved to embrace FrackFreeSA, as part of the global campaign to ensure a fracking free world. FrackFreeSA is an alliance, and anyone can join!
FrackFreeSA seeks to develop Sustainable Alternatives to a Fossil Fuel Economy.
You can start your own FrackFree local campaign, FrackFree KZN, FrackFree
Greytown, FrackFree Dargle.
Please support our campaign, and follow us in our quest for clean
air, clean soil and clean water. It’s our right!!!