Environmental activists in KwaZulu-Natal say they will oppose further offshore oil and gas exploration, despite last week’s discovery of about a billion barrels of oil and gas off Mossel Bay on the southern Cape coast. The environmentalists are on a collision course with giant oil companies that have already been given the go ahead to do so in KwaZulu-Natal waters. Drilling for oil is expected to get under way early from Kosi Bay to port Shepstone between April and September this year. Sasol Africa and Eni, the Italian oil giant, are among those already given exploration rights by the mineral resources department. The two have made it known that they intend to use their licences to explore and drill for oil and gas along the coast between Port Shepstone and Richards Bay as soon as possible. Thee companies are already mobilising equipment and hardware that will enable them to conduct the explorations and drilling. On Thursday last week, Total, the French oil and gas company, announce...

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