Thursday, 13 July 2017

FEEDBACK ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT’S SECRET TRILLION-RAND NUCLEAR COURT CASE JUDGEMENT
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
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Programme
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: ojz@duke.edu

SDCEA WhatsApp – 061 843 6580

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Join us on the Fishermen and Ezemvelo Wildlife Walk!


The KZN Subsistence fishermen’s forum representing 12 000 subsistence fishermen, together with the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, will be holding a fisherman’s walk on Durban’s Promenade on the 8th of July 2017 at 8am. The start of the walk will be from Snake park pier, ending at North Pier. The walk will be raising awareness about the Japanese, Chinese and other international trawlers being allowed, by our government, to fish in our waters during the winter months thereby depriving our local fishermen of sardines and shad which are in abundance at this time. Fisherfolks will be raising the issue of access to traditional fishing grounds all along our Indian Ocean Coastline .

We will also be raising awareness, regarding the scale of problems experienced in Ezemvelo Wildlife  with the appointment of people to the board that do not have any experience .Ezemvelo Wildlife are suppose to be the guardians of our wildlife , marine resources and biodiversity yet this is slowly been dismantled with irrational decisions that hard to comprehend and understand  why would our government go this extent .This sort of attitude has played it self out with the air pollution unit in Durban where equipment worth millions of rand’s were deliberately left to not function with spare parts not purchase and equipment not calibrated rending this important function not operational.

We must stand up and speak as one for all species .

Please join us!   


 For More Information Contact: 


Coordinator of SDCEA
Desmond D’Sa: 083 982 6939  

Fish Not Oil

Friday, 30 June 2017

Events of KZN Fisherfolk

Fishermen’s walk

The KZN Subsistence fishermen’s forum representing 12 000 subsistence fishermen, together with the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, will be holding a fisherman’s walk on Durban’s Promenade on the 8th of July 2017 at 8am. The start of the walk will be from Snake park pier, ending at North Pier. The walk will be raising awareness of  the Japanese, Chinese and other international trawlers being allowed, by our government, to fish in our waters during the winter months thereby depriving our local fishermen of sardines and shad which are in abundance at this time. We will also report back on our successful meeting with TRANSNET. Fishermen permit application will be given at the meeting.

For More Information Contact:

Coordinator of SDCEA 
Desmond D’Sa: 083 982 6939 

Oil and Gas Projects Officer Chadley Joseph: 061 843 6580 KZN Oil exploration threat to livelihood and coastline: Fisherfolk

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Chinese fishing Trawler seen at Port Edward coastline


We the KZN SUBSISTENCE Fisher folks are concerned about the sighting of the suspicious fishing trawlers once again off our coastline. The vessels have been fishing illegally close to our coastline out of international waters. This continues to happen during the winter months when the sardine shoal and other game fish enter our shores.

The present of the international fishing trawlers continues to occur for a number of years without any of the necessary monitoring vessels from the fisheries department guarding our coastline .We find only once the society starts complaining is there any effort to put a vehicle in the ocean to monitor these fishing trawlers raping our fishing stocks which are depleted already by a number of factors such pollution and mining.

One vessel is not going to be able to monitor this vast ocean of water and there is a need to use more boats to monitor our delicate coastline.

Comment:

Your report is noted and frankly our department had been unabatedly been receiving reports of this suspicious vessel movements off the coast of Port Edward as of late. These reports had been escalated to the DAFF Fishery Patrol  Vessel Unit under Mr. Andile Moshane and Mrs. Nwabisa Lutshete (copied above) and also to the Vessel Monitoring Unit (VMS) to track the movements of the suspicious vessel.  It was also informed that a patrol vessel is soon to be deployed to area concerned _ Delricia Augustus

For more information Contact:

Desmond D’Sa
South Durban Community Environmental Alliance
Contact: 031 461 1991 / 083982 6939





Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Fish not Oil Campaign Launch

Fish Not Oil Campaign Launch, Durban Beach front 

On the 19th of June 2017, at 9 am the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, together with the subsistence fisher folk of Durban, launched their campaign ‘FISH NOT OIL’ on the Durban Beach front.

The subsistence fisher folk gathered with their rods and reels to show who they are and what they are fighting for. They were given the booklets which will provide important information regarding their rights as fishermen, their responsibilities to stand up for their rights when they are infringed on and housekeeping to ensure they know to keep their fishing areas clean and to practice good fishing habits.

The launch was also a gathering to inform the subsistence fishermen of Durban of the various proposed developments that will take place on our oceans and how they will have an impact on the marine life and marine environment, thus having an impact on their livelihood.  

The occasion was to bring attention of the plight of the Durban poor fisherfolk and how they were being oppressed and discriminated against by Transnet, port security and the police as well as the eThekwini Municipality.

Morgan Govender of the Seine Netters spoke eloquently of his history, since his family arrived over 150 years ago and fished in the Durban Harbour and in the Indian Ocean. He stressed the need for all fisherfolk to be united under the KZN fisherfolk banner to fight for their right to access both the harbour and the ocean.


In attendance as well was Dr Nnimmo Bassey who is a leading environmental activist in his own country of Nigeria. Dr Bassey in his address to the fisherfolk stated that a similar situation prevailed in his country Nigeria where fisherfolk were suffering from the consequences of the exploring of oil and through the destruction of the marine life and agriculture. 

Contact:
Chadley Joseph
SDCEA Project Officer
chadleyjoseph7@gmail.com