LETTER | Do the right thing and protect the Wild Coast, minister

Dean Knox
Dean Knox
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Dear minister Barbara Creecy,

Please assist. We have a responsibility to preserve the natural heritage of the Wild Coast for future generations.

The Wild Coast and especially the marine environment need your help. We are simply caretakers and we do not have the right to allow activities which threaten the biodiversity of this coastline.

We have a mandate to protect and hopefully leave this pristine coastline in a better state than we found it.

The Wild Coast has an abundance of sunlight, wind, strong ocean current, fertile soil and communities in need of economic upliftment.

As such this is an incredibly attractive location for renewable energy projects in partnership with local communities while retaining the integrity of such an ecologically sensitive and important region. 

The Wild Coast should be closely guarded and protected and should be a world heritage site on the strength of the sardine run, rich biodiversity and whale migration route for the purpose of breeding.

There are a number of MPAs (marine protected area) in the region and I cannot understand how an independent environmental impact assessment would allow a 3D seismic survey to go ahead.

Let Shell invest in renewable energy projects rather. Let us use the R131bn from COP26 wisely, with a long term and sustainable outlook which provides a brighter future for the people of the Wild Coast, future generations and the whole of SA.

My late grandfather would say that courage is remaining out of step when everybody else is marching out of tune.

The news that Shell plans to conduct a large-scale offshore seismic survey for gas and oil deposits along the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast has drawn criticism from environmental groups and animal rights activists, with one group even threatening to chain naked 'Wild Women' to the ship in protest. Daron Mann speaks to attorney Kim van Kets from Wild Women on the Run's, and Jason Simpson, a chief engineer for controversial international conservation group Sea Shepard.

Please stand up. It must be difficult to stand up against the mining giants and department of minerals & energy.

I believe in you and many children are counting on you to do the right thing. You have the power of the people and the truth supporting you.

Yours in education and tourism

Dean Knox is the director of at Jonginenge Eco-Adventure at Nahoon Beach, East London. He is a  trained teacher.


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