Environmental activists are set to lock horns with petrochemical giant Sasol and its partners in a meeting over proposed oil and gas exploration off SA’s coast. Sasol Africa and Eni‚ an Italian oil and gas corporation‚ are collaborating on a project to explore for oil and gas along the KwaZulu-Natal coast‚ hoping to locate huge reserves beneath the seabed. This project falls under the umbrella of the government’s Operation Phakisa‚ which aims to tap into the economic potential of SA’s exclusive economic zone. One of the many objectives of Operation Phakisa is to locate and drill a target of 30 exploration wells before 2024. Desmond D’sa‚ of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance‚ said the exploration spelt doom for subsistence fishing communities and the coastal tourism sector. This process‚ he claimed‚ was being done on the quiet. "This fight is bigger than me and we needed to engage with people who will be affected all along the coastline. We have been up and down the c...

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