Press Release: Earthlife Africa Jhb to March on Sasol’s AGM

Earthlife Africa Jhb

Johannesburg – Pollution profiteer Sasol will be holding its Annual General Meeting on the 21st of November at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank Johannesburg. Earthlife Africa Jhb, and its partner community-based organisations, will march to the meeting in a bid to tell Sasol and its shareholders that non-compliance with South African air quality laws is a crime against the South African people. Earthlife Africa Jhb will march from the Sasol headquarters, located at 1 Sturdee Avenue in Rosebank Johannesburg, to the Rosebank Hyatt Regency Hotel at 191 Oxford Road, from 10:00 am to 13:00 pm.

Earthlife Africa Jhb and community representatives will be sending a strong message to the chemical giant that its applications for postponement from the minimum emission standards (MES) of the Air Quality Act are unacceptable, especially because Sasol reached record profits this year. Earthlife Africa Jhb and its community-based partners further wish to impress on the company that its court application against the Minister and the National Air Quality Officer to have the MES for big industry set aside  will spell disaster for the health of affected communities and future generations. According to Earthlife Africa Jhb’s Tristen Taylor, “If Sasol is successful in its application, it will enable all other polluting companies to follow suit; a future which the fragile South African environment will be unable to tolerate. Sasol owes it to the South African people, after decades of environmental degradation, to be the business leader in and – at the very – least comply with South African environmental law.”

Earthlife Africa Jhb and its partner organisations demand that Sasol withdraws its application to have the South African MES, which it negotiated, set aside, and that it tenders the legal fees incurred by the State in defending this application. Moreover, Earthlife Africa Jhb and communities demand that Sasol make effective use of their profits and take the necessary steps to comply with the MES through installing pollution-reducing technologies at its facilities. Sasol’s operations are located in areas already declared priority areas in terms of air quality because pollution levels exceed ambient air quality standards with devastating impacts on the respiratory health of those who are subjected to it. Energy Policy Officer at Earthlife Africa Jhb, Dominique Doyle, claims that: “If Sasol were to heed Earthlife Africa Jhb’s demands, it would show a real commitment towards the long-term sustainability of the South African economy and real investment in the future of the South African people.”

CONTACTS:
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg:
Makoma Lekalakala
Senior Programme Manager
Tel: +27 11 339 3662
Cell: +27 82 682 9177
Email: makoma@earthlife.org.za

Dr. Tristen Taylor
Project Coordinator
Earthlife Africa Jhb
Tel: +27 11 339 3662
Cell: +27 84 250 2434
Email: tristen@earthlife.org.za

Press Release: Earthlife Africa Protests at French and Russian Embassies

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg

Hundreds of concerned citizens will protest outside of the French and Russian Embassies in Pretoria on Wednesday the 5th of November. Earthlife Africa Jhb and its allies are concerned that the Russian and French governments are subverting South Africa’s economies through the proposed sale of new nuclear reactors. We will be sending a clear message that South Africans do not want either Russia or France’s nuclear reactors. The main protest will be at the French Embassy at 11am, more details below. Continue reading

“Nuclear and the future” by SAFCEI’s founding Patron, Bishop Geoff Davies

Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment

Why is our government, a government of the people we hope, going in entirely the wrong direction to overcome inequality, poverty and unemployment? Our country needs labour intensive development that equips and builds our people. The government’s nuclear plan will bring about further conflict, inequality and social destruction. Continue reading

Earthlife Africa’s Johannesburg branch was founded in 1988 to mobilise civil society around environmental issues in relation to people.