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South African Activists, Community Members Protest Shell Oil Exploration on Pristine Coastline

HeadlineDec 06, 2021

In South Africa, about 1,000 people took to a beach near Port Edward Sunday, protesting plans by Royal Dutch Shell to do seismic oil exploration in the eastern seaboard’s Wild Coast, which environmentalists say will threaten pristine wildlife refuges. The action took place after a South African court on Friday rejected an application filed by several advocates, including local fishermen and Greenpeace Africa, to stop the exploration of petroleum systems in the region. This is a fisherman at Sunday’s protest.

Sicelo Dlamini: “I don’t think this is helping the economy, but just bringing destruction. Here we can swim and do other things. But if Shell is coming here, I don’t think we’ll ever access this place.”

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