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.