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Minister of Environmental Affairs, the Honourable Edna Molewa: Declare 'no go' areas for mining, oil & gas extraction

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Minister of Environmental Affairs, the Honourable Edna Molewa: Declare 'no go' areas for mining, oil & gas extraction
  
  

 


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South Africa is currently facing a plethora of applications for prospecting, mining and more recently oil & gas exploration with a view to eventual production.  The problem is that many of these are situated in environmentally sensitive areas, including important wetlands, catchments, water source areas, watersheds, productive farmland, ecotourism hubs and the like and also very close to cities and towns.  We would respectfully request the Honourable Minister to declare such areas 'no go' areas for prospecting, mining, and oil & gas exploration and production to safeguard the country's precious water resources and ensure food security and environmental integrity for all South Africans.

Posted March 15, 2016
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