On the 28th of July the tiny Karoo dorpie of Nieu-Bethesda will host an anti-fracking rally as part of a series of events designed to highlight the community’s opposition to the proposed destruction of the land and the severe threat of water and air pollution, that accompanies shale gas development.
Some of those attending the events will include Professor Gerrit van Tonder, who is one of South Africa’s leading geohydrologists with the University of the Free State; Derek Light, the attorney who first took the anti-fracking fight to court in South Africa; Jonathan Deal from the Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG); Dr Roy Stauth, an environmental economist and trustee of the Karoo Development Foundation, as well as members of the Sneeuberg Emerging Farmers Association and other local communities, whose voices have until now been excluded from the national debate.
make some noise
The rally will take place in the village from 17h00 to 18h00 on Saturday the 28th July – all are welcome, and are encouraged to bring anti-fracking posters and banners with creative slogans. The rally will be preceded by a free anti-fracking activist training workshop from 10h30 until 15h00 (for more information on the workshop and rally, email firstname.lastname@example.org).
At 19h00, Steve Newman and Greg Georgiades will perform a special anti-fracking concert at the Old Church Hall in Martin Street. Tickets are R100; phone 0498411642 or 0727427113 to book your ticket.