Monday, 16 October 2017

Communities are called to rally against trucking!

We the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) together with the communities of South Durban, Clairwood, Wentworth and Bluff will be hosting two trucking protests scheduled to take place on the 24th October and Saturday, 28th October 2017.

Quality Street and the Solomon Mahlangu thoroughfare are continuously infringed by hazardous heavy duty trucks. Residents have consistently complained about trucks blocking and causing havoc on our roads. These heavy duty trucks enter into a logistics depo’s situated all along these two locations bringing in goods from all over the country to be offloaded. Thus causing traffic to bottleneck, major damages to our roads, accidents, lawlessness and many lives have been lost. Trucking continues to pose severe risks to all road users; we urge all community members to join in the protest to express their disgruntlement currently experienced on our roads. Quality Street and Solomon Mahlangu are used by local motorists and pedestrians mostly school learners traveling from the different areas, posing great dangers to the safety of all road users’.

Our action is to highlight our concerns about this obstacle posed by trucks, their owners and their depos and its significant impacts on the lives of residents. Our safety needs to be made a priority! We refuse to compromise, be silent; we stand up and stand united to put an end to this chaos.

Tuesday, 24th October – Quality Street, Opposite the Caltex garage, 12- 2pm 
Saturday, 28th October – Corner of Solomon Mahlangu Drive and South Coast Road, 9am – 12pm

For more information please contact Shanice Firmin 031 461 1991 / 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Feedback on the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance Oil and Gas Awareness campaign.

The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance together with groundWork Friends of the Earth South Africa hosted its offshore oil and gas exploration awareness campaign on the 8th October 2017. 

The meeting was the first further on the South Coast at the Blue Sea Cottages in Ifafa Beach with the hope that the surrounding communities, that will be will be directly affected by the oil extraction activities, would turn up and be informed by what is going on. It was a resounding success as many people from communities such as Umkomaas, Elysium, Scottburgh, Mtwalume, Park Rynie, Port Shepstone, Margate, Port Edward and Ifafa Beach were all present to hear for themselves first hand, what is being proposed for their South Coastline. District counsellors that represent Port Shepstone, Park Rynie, Pennington and Elysium were in attendance, all of which pledged their support and offered to help in any way they can.

All the small towns on the South Coast depend heavily on their small businesses that create jobs and wealth through tourism, fishing and whale watching, marine tours, beautiful beaches with blue flag status and surfing.   
The meeting commenced with the welcoming and introduction by Desmond D’Sa of the SDCEA. Desmond explained why it is so important to create awareness about this topic of oil and gas as it will only benefit a few and its impact will be felt by many people who depend on the ocean for a livelihood.

The first speaker, Dr Jennifer Olbers of Ezemvelo Wildlife presented on the devastating impacts of seismic testing. Jennifer spoke of how seismic surveys work, what impact they have on the marine environment, and what specific impact they have on marine life such as whales, fish, sharks, invertebrates and even zooplankton. Seismic surveys designed to estimate the size of an oil and gas reserve generate their own environmental problems. To carry out such surveys, ships tow multiple airgun arrays that emit thousands of high-decibel explosive impulses to map the seafloor. The auditory assault from seismic surveys have been found to damage or kill fish eggs and larvae and to impair the hearing and health of fish, making them vulnerable to predators and leaving them unable to locate prey or mates or communicate with each other. Seismic testing have also been implicated in whale strandings.
The parties in attendance were shocked as they were able to relate as seismic surveys have been conducted on their coastline in the past, with these very same impacts occurring. Some fishermen in attendance told stories of how before seismic surveys were done, the fish were plentiful, however, after the tests, these same fishing grounds are now barren.

The next speaker was Samuel Chademana who is the Climate and Energy Justice Campaign Manager at groundWork. Samuel delivered an enthralling presentation of the socio economic impacts of Oil and Gas exploration on the livelihoods of the people who depend on the ocean for food and income. Subsistent fisher folk depend on the ocean that provides their food and their income. The local businesses on the coast will suffer as tourists will no longer visit these towns and businesses due to the destruction of the natural beauty. Samuel gave us a case study of the situation that is occurring in Nigeria where Oil and Gas exploration has devastated the land, rivers, oceans and people. The same destruction is a possibility in South Africa if Oil and Gas exploration is introduced on our coastlines.
Our last speaker was Alice Thomson of Earth life Africa. Alice delivered an inspiring presentation to those in attendance, urging them to stand up and be accounted and not let the oil and gas exploration destroy their natural beauty, thus destroying their livelihoods. If we want to effect change, we need to start with spreading this message and getting as many people as possible involved. If we get the masses involved, we will be victorious in the struggle against Oil and Gas exploration.
This is not the end of our awareness campaign, rather, the beginning as many people requested the SDCEA takes this awareness oil and gas campaign presentation to other areas, such as Port Shepstone , Scottburgh , Margate , Umzinto, Amanzimtoti and Elysium to spread this message and get as many people involved in this campaign against oil and gas exploration .
We will only be able to stop the destruction of our beautiful coastline if we stand united as one!  

Written by: Chadley Joseph
South Durban Community Environmental alliance Project Officer
Contact: 031 461 1991


Monday, 9 October 2017

Air pollution surveys, links & Pollution numbers

Greetings, I trust that all is well on your side. Could you please publish this information to the public to alert them on SDCEA School & community survey links below and the contact details for pollution complaints.

SDCEA urges you to continuously participate on the air pollution surveys, links are below

Schools link survey: 

Community link survey:

To log a pollution complaint please call 031 3115150/031 361000 and ask for a reference number and then call or email SDCEA office on to do a follow up on your behalf using your reference number. 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Anti-nuclear meeting
Date: 29 September 2017, Friday
When: 14h00 - 16h00
Where: TLC Community Hall 

Date: 30 September 2017, Saturday
When: 10h00 - 13h00
Where: Qininsela - Umlazi Q section

The South Durban community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) would like to invite you to a nuclear meeting on the 29th September 2017 at the TLC Community Hall at 2pm. The purpose of this meeting is to educate, empower and mobilise community members on the proposed nuclear energy build as contemplated by the government and Eskom. Citizens need to understand that they have the power to refuse the nuclear energy fleet proposed to be built in South Africa. Sustainable energy should be the main focus in this country not unsustainable and dangerous energy.

SDCEA together with other organisations has been hosting meeting and bringing international anti-nuclear speakers as far back as 2015. SDCEA recently hosted two anti-nuclear activists from Russia and the U.S. They shared their experience fighting nuclear power and talk about the situation in their countries and across the world. Various countries have been phasing out nuclear energy. These activists shared why people are resisting nuclear power and how they manage to successfully stop the construction of nuclear reactors. This too is possible for South Africa. We have the power to say No to nuclear energy.

Recently Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and SAFCEI challenged the government’s nuclear deals with Russia, the U.S. and South Korea. In April 2017 judgement was delivered in the High Court and these deals were set aside and declared unlawful and unconstitutional. This was a major victory for the anti-nuclear campaign in South Africa.

We kindly ask you to join us as we discuss the energy future of South Africa.

For more information please contact:
·         Noluthando Mbeje – SDCEA Environmental Project Officer
o   031 4611991 / 0782346206
·         Mr. David Naicker – Umkomaas Anti-pollution Watchdogs
o   0834671386
·         Sizwe Shiba – Mayine / SDCEA

o   078 139 0055

Friday, 29 September 2017


Join the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, groundWork and Scientist who will talk and explain about Offshore Oil and Gas.

Offshore oil drilling will potentially produce petroleum, along a mess of other toxic substances including mercury, lead, arsenic and barium. These toxins are devastating for the health of fish, wildlife and the people who live and feed off of the coast.
Even before the drilling begins, there is a great risk to the marine environment. The current technology uses seismic pulses to test for oil below the seabed, harming animal populations. To carry out such surveys, ships tow multiple airgun arrays that emit thousands of high-decibel explosive impulses to map the seafloor. Which have devastating long term effects on marine life. Whale
Large oil corporations will be responsible for offshore drilling that will shatter the tourist industry in the entire KZN coastline, the coast of the Eastern Cape and some parts of the Western Cape coastline as the seismic testing has been earmarked from Richards bay to Mossel Bay. The seismic tests and drilling will only be 50km’s off the coast, and the necessary vehicles, power poles, noise compressors, and other unsightly infrastructure that the drilling encompasses will detract from the country’s natural beauty.
Therefore we at the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance urge you, the people living and making a living off the South Coast of KZN, to join us at this workshop. Come and hear first - hand from experts and environmental activists that will explain the devastating effects of oil and gas exploration.

We will be hosting an offshore oil and gas awareness workshop on the 8th of October, at the Blue Sea Cottages (1 Curle Street, Ifafa Beach), starting at 14:00 and concluding at 17:00. 

We need your support in the struggle against oil and gas exploration in South Africa.

For more information contact: Chadley Joseph 079 501 1773 or Desmond D’Sa: 083 982 6939 or the SDCEA: 031 461 1991.