Who Stole Our Oceans

The Green Connection's Who Stole Our Oceans campaign, aims to oppose oil and gas exploration of the South African coast. We want to protect the ocean for our future.

For More Information About Our Journey To Opposing Oil and Gas Exploration, Read Below.

For More Information About Our Journey To Opposing Oil and Gas Exploration, Read Below.

No To Karpowership!

From 2022 (current news), read below

With a Legal Challenge in Progress, The Green Connection is Relieved that No Karpowerships PPAs were Signed Today

Green Connection Takes Fight Against Karpowerships to Court

When Human Rights Gets In The Way Of ‘Progress’, NERSA Announces Questionable Action On Karpowerships

Tosaco EIA Met with Pushback from Civil Society, to Protect the Ocean and Small-Scale Fisher Livelihoods

Bending Over Backwards, DMRE Gives Karpowerships Another Break

The Green Connection’s Oceans Tribunal Exposes Devastating Impact of Government’s Secret Decisions

“Nersa Karpowership Decision Unacceptable!”

Green Connection Calls on Minister Gwede Mantashe to Dump RMIPPPP

Coastal Community Members of Graaff-Reinet, Knysna and Langebaan Share Their Thoughts About Calling on the Banks to NOT Fund Karpowerships

Nersa’s Electricity Generation Application Process Flawed

Fishing Communities Respond to Appeals Against Karpowership SA EIA Decision

Call for Public To Comment Against Appeal Decision By DFFE To Deny Authorisation For EIA Karpowerships

The Green Connection Saldanha Appeals Form Responses 02082021

The Green Connection Response to Karpower Appeal – Saldanha Bay 2021_08_02 GC KPS SB Appeal Submission

The Green Connection Supports SDCEA Court Case Against the ENI and Sasol Authorization for Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration

The Green Connection Welcomes DFFE Decision to Reject Karpowerships

Civil Society Calls on Parliament to Hold Public Hearings on Karpowerships

Letter To Parliament – Public Hearings and Investigation on The Risk Mitigation (Karpowership) – 22062021

The Green Connection Responds to 10 June 2021 President Announcement on More Renewable Energy

Karpowerships Should Not Be Part of South Africa’s Future. The Green Connection Responds to Minister Mantashe’s Budget Speech

Please find our complaint, the letter we received from triplo4 on 11 June 2021 and the official response letter we received from the DFFE on 14 June 2021

On Monday 31st May, The Green Connection lodged a formal complaint with the Department of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs regarding the karpowership project at Saldanha Bay.

Karpowerships are No Turkish Delight

The Green Connection Believes the Karpowerships Project Environmental Impact Assessment is Flawed

Karpowerships Should Not be Part of South African Solution

From 2021 (old news) read above


Join the call to stop offshore oil and gas exploration in the ocean and call for sustainable, renewable energy solutions.  #OurOceanOurFuture for those who depend on it. 

Who Stole Our Oceans?

The history of oil extraction in Africa is one of greed, complicity, destruction of livelihoods and natural habitats, and human rights violations. This is perfectly illustrated by the Nigerian military government’s targeting of the Ogoni people, who were protesting the devastating environmental degradation caused by the Shell Petroleum Company’s oil pollution.

It is necessary for South Africans to act quickly, as there is a small window of opportunity to prevent a fossil fuel exploitation explosion in our ocean. By extending our fight for climate justice to opposing deep-sea oil and gas exploitation, we will serve the country, and the African continent as a whole, whilst we acknowledge the courageous fight of the Ogoni people and build on Ken Saro-Wiwa’s legacy.

It is within this context that the project aims to empower local ocean-dependent communities, ensuring fisher livelihoods, and their tools and knowledge are sustained, and communities are able to engage with decision-makers for the protection of our oceans for all, for ever.

This campaign will build on existing networks of small scale fishers and other coastal and ocean communities, as well as engaging with those civil society organizations working on climate change and the energy sector.

Who Stole Our Oceans Campaign Story

The Who Stole Our Oceans campaign is an environmental and social justice campaign launched by The Green Connection in 2020, in a bid to protect our oceans for future generations, with a particular emphasis on opposing offshore oil and gas exploration, is currently underway.

We have a long history of working with fishing communities to help them recognize and fight for their rights, we have worked with partner organizations on various projects, the Masifundise to ensure fisheries are ecologically sensitive in their activities, and WWF project for responsible fisheries.

Map showing Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration in South Africa (map stems from Petroleum Agency South Africa)

We as The Green Connection, have been active over time in a number of ecojustice struggles. A crucial consideration in South Africa’s just energy transition must be to ascertain what benefits new renewable energy projects have to address the legacies of the injustice of the past. We have engaged with communities on the ground to see how they were experiencing the benefits of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP). Sadly, the story is not a happy one.   

Integrated Energy Plan

The Green Connection and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) have initiated a legal challenge against President Cyril Ramaphosa to force him to bring Section 6......

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Since the announcement of Shell seismic surveys on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape last year.....

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With legal action in progress against the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), Karpowerships SA and the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, The Green Connection says.....

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Legacy Programme

The Green Connection has a Legacy programme that was created to equip activists with advocacy skills to enable them to fight for their environmental and socio-economic rights....

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In the Western Cape, the Langebaan fishing communities and the Saldanha along with Eastern Cape Environmental Network were part of a group that wrote to the Energy and Minerals Committee in Parliament....

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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...

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International Oceans Tribunal

The Green Connection held its first-ever international Oceans Tribunal on the 21 – 22 of September 2021...

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SA’s Gas Plan is Bad News for Climate Response

The government has also embarked on a number of steps to force South Africa into a gas-dependent energy sector...

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Coastal Communities Advocating For Change


No To Karpowership!


No To Karpowership!


No To Karpowership!

Vessel Sailed Around West Coast

We Want Our Oceans Back!

What you can see on GOGEL:

– How much oil and gas companies are producing
– How much unconventional oil and gas they are producing (i.e. fracking, tar       sands, coalbed methane, extra heavy oil, ultra deepwater and Arctic)
– How big oil and gas companies’ expansion plans are
– How big their unconventional expansion plans are
– How much they’re spending on exploration
– What their fossil fuel share of revenue is
– How many pipeline kilometers they’re developing
– How much LNG terminal capacity they’re developing
– In which Reputational Risk Projects the companies are involved.

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