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TotalEnergies beplan om sowat $3 miljard te belê om bedrywighede in Suid-Afrika se waters in gebiede met skouspelagtige mariene biodiversiteit van stapel te stuur, ten koste van wild en kleinskaalse vissers se lewensbestaan. Die Franse majoor olie en gas ontwikkel willens en wetens sy ontginningsprojek in 'n gebied van sterk strome en buitengewone spesierykdom, wat dien as 'n "blou korridor" sowel as voedings- of broeiplekke vir duisende walvisse 2, pelsrobbe, pikkewyne, petrels, albatrosse, gannette en bedreigde leerrugskilpaaie. Suid-Afrikaanse waters is ook die tuiste van 'n groot bevolking snoek ('n lid van die makrielfamilie), wat die hart van die kleinskaalse vissersekonomie aan die weskus vorm, terwyl vissers aan die suidkus op 'n verskeidenheid spesies staatmaak vir hul lewensbestaan. 

TotalEnergies se projekte in Suid-Afrika is ook 'n konseptuele bedrog aangesien hulle probeer om 'n oorskakeling van steenkool na gas as 'n "groen energie-oorgang" uit te beeld, ten spyte van die feit dat gas ook 'n fossielbrandstof is. In Julie 2021 het die Internasionale Energie-agentskap beklemtoon dat "buiten projekte wat reeds vanaf 2021 gepleeg is, daar geen nuwe olie- en gasvelde is wat goedgekeur is vir ontwikkeling in ons pad nie".

Twee Goldman-pryswenners, Liziwe McDaid (The Green Connection – South Africa) en Claire Nouvian (BLOOM–  France), het besluit om teen TotalEnergies se skadelike buitelandse olie- en gasprojekte in Suid-Afrika te verenig.

In 2014 het die regering van Suid-Afrika 'Operasie Phakisa' van stapel gestuur om belegging in buitelandse olie- en gaseksplorasie 'n hupstoot te gee, wat homself 'n teiken van 30 eksplorasieputte teen 2024 gestel het. Volgens die Suid-Afrikaanse Olie- en Gasalliansie is "buitelandse eksplorasie aan Suid-Afrika se kus voorheen hoofsaaklik beperk deur die diepte van die potensiële hulpbronne en tweedens deur die seestrome."

Suid-Afrika se Nasionale Klimaatsverandering Reaksie Witskrif, 6 saam met kundiges van die Internasionale Instituut vir Volhoubare Ontwikkeling (IISD), beveel 'n verskuiwing aan na hernubare energie waar fossielbrandstowwe, insluitend gas, uitgesluit word. In sy 2022-verslag beklemtoon die IISD egter dat "daar sterk aanduidings is dat Suid-Afrika moontlik op die rand van 'n gasbeleggingsvlaag is wat 'n baie duur fout vir die Suid-Afrikaanse volk kan wees". LEES MEER

'n Nuwe klimaatbom in Suid-Afrika: BLOOM en The Green Connection is gekant teen TotalEnergies se skadelike buitelandse olie- en gasprojekte

In Suid-Afrika is die Franse olie- en gashoof 'TotalEnergies' op die punt om nog 'n vernietigende projek te begin ondanks spesifieke klimaatkenners se aanbevelings om weg te bly van nuwe fossielbrandstofbeleggings. Op 5 September 2022 het TotalEnergies aansoek gedoen vir 'n produksielisensie om twee groot gasvelde, met tot een miljard vate olie-ekwivalent, aan die Suid-Afrikaner se suidkus te ontgin.1 TotalEnergies beplan om sowat $3 miljard te belê om bedrywighede in Suid-Afrika se waters in gebiede met skouspelagtige mariene biodiversiteit en ten koste van wild en kleinskaalse vissers se lewensbestaan van stapel te stuur. Vandag kom (17 Oktober 2022) twee Goldman-pryswenners, Liziwe McDaid (The Green Connection – South Africa) en Claire Nouvian (BLOOM – France), bymekaar om die #OceanTotalDestruction-veldtog van stapel te stuur en doen 'n beroep op TotalEnergies om afstand te doen van sy skadelike buitelandse olie- en gasprojekte in Suid-Afrika en 'n verantwoordelike aankondiging voor COP27 te maak. LEES MEER 

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2022

On 1 March 2022, the High Court put a stop on Searcher’s seismic survey, noticing that “no attempt was made to meet with small-scale fishers of the West Coast”. A decision that upholds coastal communities’ constitutional rights for public participation, but leaves room for a potential counter-offensive through the request of new Reconnaissance Permits.

With little more than seven (7) years till 2030 – by which time the world should have dramatically curbed its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as part of a global effort to keep global warming below 1.5°C – The Green Connection says that it will continue to oppose government’s worrying offshore oil and gas aspirations. In its comments on the Draft Scoping Report (DSR) sent yesterday, regarding TEEPSA’s application to undertake exploration well drilling in Block 567, off the West Coast of South Africa, the eco-justice organisation points out that instead of starting new fossil fuel projects, which will contribute to carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions well into the future, South Africa should be focused on moving toward a just transition to renewable energy.

On 26 September 2022, small-scale fishers held a picket demonstration at Pepper Bay Saldanha. The group of about 50 fishers and supporting eco-justice and community-based organisations are opposing the (imminent) arrival of the Azinam oil rig, which is set to start offshore oil and gas exploration activities in the next days. Affected communities in Northern Cape are dissatisfied, saying that they were not adequately informed or consulted about the project. The fishers are also taking a symbolic stand against the French multinational oil and gas company Total, which has many projects on the go and in the pipeline, for South Africa’s oceans.

On October 2022, the Green Connection (South Africa) and BLOOM (France) unite against TotalEnergies’ harmful offshore oil & gas projects in South Africa. As the climate breakdown and the mass extinction of animal species threaten humanity’s survival. Both organizations call on TotalEnergies to immediately cease its offshore exploration and exploitation projects off the rich and biodiverse South African coasts and call on global citizens to make their voices heard by signing an online petition to protect our ocean and climate from TotalEnergies’ destruction.

2021

French Company TOTAL E & P South Africa B.V (TEPSA) Plans To Drill For Oil And Gas In South Africa

TotalEnergies plans to launch operations in South Africa’s waters in areas of spectacular marine biodiversity, at the expense of wildlife and of small-scale fishers’ livelihoods. The oil & gas French major is knowingly developing its exploration project in an area of strong currents and extraordinary species richness, which serves as a “blue corridor” as well as feeding or nesting grounds for thousands of whales 2, fur seals, penguins, petrels, albatrosses, gannets and endangered leatherback turtles. South African waters are also home to a large population of snoek (a member of the mackerel family), which forms the heart of the west coast small-scale fishers’ economy, while fishers on the south coast rely on a variety of species for their livelihoods.

“Offshore exploration off South Africa’s coast was previously limited primarily by the depth of the potential resources and secondly by the ocean currents”. South Africa’s National Climate Change Response White Paper, along with experts from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), recommend a shift towards renewable energy where fossil fuels, including gas, are excluded. However, in its 2022 report, the IISD stresses that “there are strong indications that South Africa is potentially on the verge of a gas investment flurry that could prove to be a very expensive mistake for the South African people.” South African Oil & Gas Alliance

On 4 April 2021, the company Searcher applied for a ‘Reconnaissance Permit’ to perform a 2D and 3D seismic survey programme over a number of petroleum license blocks extending over 297,087 km² from the South African-Namibian border down to Cape Agulhas. These include blocks leased by TotalEnergies.

Confronted with the perspective of a large-scale seismic survey lasting for six months and the prospect of a future massive ocean grabbing along the West Coast, coastal communities, small-scale fishers, and environmental justice NGO ‘The Green Connection’ went to Court to oppose this fast-paced and uncontrollable oil & gas exploration.

The Green Connection and  small scale subsistence fishers from around the country – have welcomed TOTAL E & P South Africa B.V’s (TEPSA) announcement (13 April 2021) that it will postpone their application for additional drilling and associated activities in Block 11B/12B off South Africa’s south coast. The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process has also been terminated. Since the first granting of the exploration rights, and subsequent drilling of the Brulpadda exploration well, TEPSA had proposed the drilling of up to ten additional exploration wells. The areas in question are situated 130 km and 45km offshore of Mossel Bay and Cape St. Francis, respectively. 

The Green Connection welcomes two recent developments in the energy sector that are seen as a massive boost to pro-climate activists. Yesterday (26 May 2021), it was reported that a Dutch court had ordered Royal Dutch Shell to dramatically slash its CO2 emissions in a landmark climate ruling, which stipulates that the oil company must slash its emissions by 45% by 2030 from 2019 levels. Observers across the globe agree that the ruling could have far-reaching consequences for oil companies.

“I believe that these developments indicate that the writing is on the wall for fossil fuels. The global community is beginning to realise that just because there is oil and gas in the ground, we do not have to remove it because the consequences can indeed be catastrophic for both the affected communities and the environment."
Liz McDaid