Friday, 11 August 2017

Marine Spatial Planning Bill Public Hearings

There are numerous concerns that we have risen regarding the Marine spatial planning bill and many discrepancies glaring throughout the bill’s processes. The Marine Spatial planning bill is a result of President Zuma’s operation Phakisa which will use the ocean as a source of economy, destroying the marine environment, marine life and the livelihoods of subsistence fishermen in the process.

The implementation of this bill will allow government, through their international treaties and trade agreements with different countries, to allow for trawlers from different countries to fish our oceans, at the expense of the local fishing population. These international trawlers are moving closer to the South African coastline.

The bill will allow for oil and gas exploration, sandwinning and other harmful development to take place in our ocean’s, destroying it in the process.
The bill will undermine environmental issues and allow for more dumping of chemicals in the ocean. Stronger measures must be put into place to ensure anyone dumping in the ocean (companies and people alike) will be charged accordingly.

Way Forward

Public hearings will be held in different municipalities at different venues as the bill effects the entire coastline of South Africa. All opposing the bill must ensure they are present to voice their objections at one of these meetings. The SDCEA, Groundwork, KZNSFF and all relevant stakeholders will be attending the public meeting on the 17th of August 2017.

·        16 August 2017 – Empangeni (Richards Bay), Mfolozi Town Hall.
·        17 August 2017 – Chesterville, Chesterville Town Hall.
·        Hearings are from 10:00 am to 15:00 pm

Monday, 7 August 2017

On the 04 August 2017 the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) presented at a public hearing hosted by the National Energy Regulators of South Africa (NERSA). The presentations covered the dangers of pipelines within communities.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Fishermen's Mentorship Training

On the 20th of July 2017, the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance hosted a fish not oil, fishermen’s mentorship workshop geared for the subsistence fishermen of Kwa Zulu Natal at the Austerville Community Civic Centre.

Subsistence fishermen were selected jointly by the SDCEA  and the KZN Subsistence Fisherfolks to be trained as mentors in their fishing communities. The fishermen were chosen from different fishing areas along the Indian Ocean and the Durban Harbour. They reside in areas with unemployment rates such as, Wentworth, Phoenix, Chatsworth and Umkomaas.

The purpose of the fishermen’s workshop was to educate and train the subsistence fisher folk representatives in mentoring skills, leadership skills, conflict management skills and safety skills. The representatives are seen as leaders in their different fishing communities therefore it is imperative that they learn these skills in order to take back to their fishing areas and mentor other subsistence fishermen in the same regard.

Margie Angamutu of MA Training was appointed by SDCEA to carry out the training responsible for the subsistence fishermen. Margie’s training regime was presented in a simple to understand, easy to digest programme, which they easily understood. The workshop was a success as the subsistence fishermen  agreed that the training was well presented, easy to understand and perfectly suited to them. We hope to see the newly trained fishing mentors in their communities, sharing their new found knowledge and understanding with other subsistence fisher folk.

This workshop was only part one of the SDCEA fishermen’s training programme. Part two will take place at Austerville Community Civic centre at 9am-2pm. Part two looks to educate fisher folk on Oil and Gas exploration activities that will have a direct impact on their livelihoods. Samuel Chademana of Groundwork will conduct the presentation. The issue of Housekeeping will also be touched on in part two, with Preston Chetty of DSW conducting the presentation.

Written by: Chadley Joseph
Tel: 061 843 6580


Offshore Oil and Gas Workshop

On the 18th of July 2017, the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance together with Groundwork hosted an offshore oil and gas stakeholder consultative at the Austerville community civic centre.

The purpose of the oil and gas workshop was to create awareness in the communities of proposed 3D and 2D seismic testing in our ocean. The seismic testing as presented will bring nothing but destruction to our marine environment, marine life and destroy the ocean. It is important we create awareness as the ocean plays an important role in the livelihoods of subsistence fishermen, beach users, surfers, business owners and the hospitality sector. Jennifer Olbers of Ezemvelo Wildlife provided an informative and interesting presentation of the observed impacts of seismic surveys on marine fauna on the East Coast.

Adrian Pole an attorney in private practice charged with dealing of the issue of marine oil and gas exploration activities in our Indian Ocean presented on the legal framework and how as society we can place our arguments against the oil& gas exploration. His detail legal analysis was well written, easy to understand and very informative. He was able to explain the legal framework surrounding offshore oil and gas exploration activities, including the fault lines in the regulatory framework. He further gave input into the legal recourse for interested and affected parties and what should the next move be.

The final presenter of the day was Samuel Chademana of Groundwork. Samuel provided stakeholder mobilisation and push back strategies as well as an advocacy programme to lobby against government’s decision to allow seismic surveys to be undertaken in our Indian Ocean. Samuel’s emphasized the plan to formulate and implement a public awareness programme that will reach out to the parties who will be directly affected by the surveys.

The workshop attendance was excellent and people affected came from all areas of KZN. Areas such as; Wentworth, Austerville, Umlazi, KwaMakhutha, Chatsworth, the Bluff and even as far as Port Shepstone. Since the seismic surveys will be done all along the Coast of the Indian Ocean, it is important to create awareness to those who live along the East Coast and depend on the ocean to survive.

Written By: Chadley Joseph (SDCEA Project Officer)
Tel: 061 843 6580


Thursday, 13 July 2017

On the 26th April 2017, Earthlife Africa-JHB and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) finally blocked the unlawful and unconstitutional actions of the South African government in its nuclear deal. We are immensely grateful for the support and encouragement we have received from Earth Keepers all over the world – it is only through this that we have been able to prevail in the face of all odds. But as much as we celebrate this ruling, we are also mindful that there is still much work to be done. The court case win is a strong step in the direction of energy justice, but we need to keep holding government to account to ensure that transparency and accountability don’t fall by the wayside again. To achieve a sustainable and just energy future for South Africa, we would like to pave the way forward together with you through continuous dialogues as well as through your generous support. Moreover, we have successfully launched the Active Citizens Network to work towards a more compassionate and just world.
SAFCEI and SDCEA invites you to a NUCLEAR Court Case Update where you will be able to engage and become more informed about the current state of the campaign, and get clarification and answers to some of your questions.

Venue: Diakonia Centre, Durban
Date: 14th July 2017
Time: 08:30am till 13:00pm

08:30 - 09:00 Arrival and registrations
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome remarks and devotion/morning reflections
09:15 – 09:30 Introductions
09:30 – 10:00 Background on nuclear energy development - what is nuclear, socio-         economic and environmental implications on ordinary South Africans
10:00 – 10:30 Background presentation and video on the Earth Life and SAFCEI court case on the nuclear deal secrecy
10:30 - 10:50 Tea break     
10:50 – 11:10 Understanding the legal outcomes of the court case
11:10 – 11:40 Alternatives/renewable energy sources and its potential in South Africa/Southern Africa
11:40 – 12:20 SAFCEI’s Campaigns and next steps and SAFCEI FLEAT videos
12:20 – 12:30 Closing Remarks, evaluation and end of programme

12:30 – 13:00 Lunch

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Project C.L.E.A.N:Conscientious Leaders Empower A Nation

We the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) are hosting Project C.L.E.A.N., a youth empowerment programme focusing on the environment, pollution and health challenges. Project C.L.E.A.N. is aimed at youth between the ages of 12 – 25 to engage and actively participate in the activities and talks. Youth from the South Durban area, Merebank, Wentworth, Kwa-Makuta, Marianhill, Chatsworth, Clairwood, Umkomaas, and Umlazi are all invited. If transport is required from one of these areas, please call us on the numbers provided below. This programme will give youth the platform to express themselves as the future leaders of their communities. SDCEA believes that empowering our youth to tackle community and global environmental issues will allow them to make better informed decisions and assist in transforming our world for environmental and social justice.
Event Details:
Dates: 17, 19, 21 July 2017
Venue: Austerville Community Hall, Wentworth
Time: 9 am – 2 pm daily
Limit 150 youth, ages 12 – 25
Lunch and snacks provided

For more information, please contact:
Connor Vasu – 031 461 1991 / Email: cfv3@duke
Owen Zighelboim – 031 461 1991 / Email:

SDCEA WhatsApp – 061 843 6580