Fracking in the Eastern Cape

Do you like a holiday at the sea, or do you care for our coast’s natural beauty? Your favourite holiday destination may very well look a lot different one of these days of Total gets its way.

SLR Consulting is applying on behalf of the Total Brulpadda project to drill 11 holes for exploration purposes on the coast between Cape St. Francis and en Mossel Bay. This area is essential to marine biodiversity on our coast, and these is a protected marine area just south of the planned prospection area. Register as soon as possible as an interested and affected party (IAP) with Candice at If possible, submit your commentary against the application by no later than 20 July 2020. There will be a virtual meeting on 16 July – you will receive an invitation if registered as IAP. The concept scoping report is available for public input on SLR Consulting’s website at

AfriForum have been involved in litigation together with the Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) to prevent gas extraction in the Karoo. We obtained a victory in 2019 in the Supreme Court of Appeals when our application succeeded to have the regulations of the Ministers of Mineral Resources and Environmental Affairs for petroleum exploration and production (which were published in 2015 and provided for fracking in South Africa) declared invalid.

Fracking involves the breaking of rocks with high pressure liquids to release natural gas from the deep shale rock strata deep in the earth’s crust. Millions of litres of water are necessary to drill just one hole, and thousands of holes may be drilled and investigated – with detrimental results for the environment. This is especially concerning if South Africa’s water shortage is considered. AfriForum opposes this threat together with the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG).

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