KWANALU PREPS FARMERS ON FRACKING AHEAD OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

KWANALU PREPS FARMERS ON FRACKING AHEAD OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

The KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union, Kwanalu, took a proactive stance against the proposed Notice of Application for an exploration right by the Rhino Oil and Gas Exploration South Africa (Pty) Ltd in the province, and called a special meeting, which took place in Pietermaritzburg, for the Chairpersons of all KZN Farmers’ Associations.

The proposed exploration, should it be approved, will affect an area of 1 500 000ha and nearly 10 000 farms in central KZN.

The purpose of the meeting was to ensure that farmer leaders fully understand the potential agricultural, socio-economic, environmental and health impacts of the proposed exploration and possible hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as it is commonly known.

Representatives from farmers associations from around KZN came together to discuss issues surrounding proposed gas exploration for Fracking in KZN. In this photo from left to right are Colin Wellbeloved (Milk Producers Organisation); Kennith Atkinson (Winterton Farmers Association); Graham Neubert (Richmond Farmers Association); James Ralfe (Estcourt Farmers Association) and Ian King (Ladysmith Farmers Association).

Representatives from farmers associations from around KZN came together to discuss issues surrounding proposed gas exploration for Fracking in KZN. In this photo from left to right are Colin Wellbeloved (Milk Producers Organisation); Kennith Atkinson (Winterton Farmers Association); Graham Neubert (Richmond Farmers Association); James Ralfe (Estcourt Farmers Association) and Ian King (Ladysmith Farmers Association).

Addressing the farmers, CEO of the African Conservation Trust Francois Du Toit, explained the issues and impact of the application lodged by Rhino Oil and Gas Exploration South Africa (Pty) Ltd would have on the province, as well as what this process could mean for both individual land owners and the public at large.

Du Toit said he believed the proposed exploration application is the single biggest agricultural, socio-economic, environmental threat facing South Africa to date.

President of Kwanalu, Andy Buchan, urged members to stand united with one voice.
It is important that as interested stakeholders we have the right knowledge and the right ammunition going into these public hearings,” said Buchan.

Sandy La Marque, CEO of Kwanalu addressed members saying, “This is not just about saving the farmer from the possible devastating environmental implications, but it is also an issue about health. If our already precious ground water is affected, the danger of health implications will reach far and wide. This is an issue for our town’s people and our farmers alike”.
We encourage all our members to register and attend the Public Hearings as a matter of importance, the future of our province is at stake,” said La Marque.

The Public Hearings will be held at various venues around the KZN Midlands, starting from Monday 2 November.

Venues, dates and times of Public Hearings:

Monday 2 November 2015 – Ashburton Public Hall 9:30 am
Monday 2 November 2015 – Richmond Agricultural Hall 2:30 pm
Tuesday 3 November 2015 – Imvunolu Secondary School 9:30 am
Tuesday 3 November 2015 – Lions River Polo Club 2:30 pm
Wednesday 4 November 2015 – Colenso Public Hall 9:30 am
Wednesday 4 November 2015 – Mooi River Country Club 2:30 pm
Thursday 5 November 2015 – New Hanover Public Hall 9:30 am
Thursday 5 November 2015 – Greytown Lodge Conference Hall 2:30 pm
Friday 6 November 2015 – Mthembu Community Hall 9:30 am
Friday 6 November 2015 – V.A Makhoba Hall 2:30 pm
Saturday 7 November 2015 – Nkandla Public Hall 9:30 am

For further information visit www.kwanalu.co.za

Shane Reynolds from Weenan and Justin Lusso from Eston/Mid Illovo where in attendance at the special meeting (held at the Royal Show Grounds) about the proposal for gas exploration for Fracking in KZN.

Shane Reynolds from Weenan and Justin Lusso from Eston/Mid Illovo where in attendance at the special meeting (held at the Royal Show Grounds) about the proposal for gas exploration for Fracking in KZN.