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#Agriculture scores a hit against #fracking

4 July 2019
Agri SA is ecstatic about the decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in favour of Agri Eastern Cape and other stakeholders, that no fracking shall be allowed for the time being.

The SCA found that the current regulations regarding shale gas development and exploration should be set aside, because the Minister of Mineral Resources had no power to draft these regulations. Only the Minister of Environmental Affairs is responsible for these regulations and associated procedures.

“This ruling will have an immediate impact on shale gas development across South Africa and is a huge victory for agriculture,” says Janse Rabie, Agri SA Policy Head: Natural Resources. “The question over the competency of the Minister of Mineral Resources to make regulations on shale gas, created uncertainty regarding the management of water availability and pollution. This uncertainty has been the motivation for Agri SA to oppose the government’s appetite for shale gas development.”

The Minister of Mineral Resources appealed against an earlier decision in the Eastern Cape High Court where Agri Eastern Cape President, Doug Stern successfully litigated that the existing regulations be set aside.

“Reckless fracking directly threatens agriculture, food security and the environment,” says Stern. “We believe this victory is a victory for every South African.”

“The victory shows that no regulation or policy is set in stone,” says Omri van Zyl, Agri SA Executive Director. “Our member, Agri Eastern Cape’s pro-active action protected the interests of agriculture across South Africa.”

In Agri SA’s Centre of Excellence: Natural Resources we are working non-stop to protect the interests of agriculture. We will engage with the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries to ensure that the regulations will take into account the critical importance of water for agriculture and food security.

Posted on July 5, 2019 in News


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  • fokus voortdurend op die ontwikkeling van vooruitstrewende landboustrategieë.
  • bewerkstellig 'n positiewe beleidsraamwerk vir die landbou in die Wes-Kaap waarbinne wette, regulasies, ordinansies en gesindhede landbou-vriendelik is.
  • sien toe dat landbou in die Wes-Kaap sy eie toekoms verseker, deur aktiewe betrokkenheid op alle lewensterreine.
  • skep ‘n kollektiewe magsbasis vir die landbougemeenskap in die Wes-Kaap.
  • bied ‘n fokuspunt waardeur die kollektiewe belang van landbou in die Wes-Kaap optimaal bevorder word.

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  • constantly focuses on developing more progressive agricultural strategies.
  • negotiates a positive policy framework on behalf of agriculture in the Western Cape, within which laws, regulations, ordinances and attitudes are agriculture friendly.
  • provides a platform for agriculture in the Western Cape to ensure its own future, through involvement in all spheres of life.
  • creates a collective power base for the agricultural community of the Western Cape.
  • optimally promotes the collective interest of agriculture in the Western Cape.

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  • ihlala igxile kuphuhliso lwamaqhinga ezolimo anenkqubela nangakumbi.
  • yenza uthethathethwano loyilo lwemigaqo-nkqubo emihle egameni lwezolimo eNtshona Koloni, ekuye kuthi kuyo yuqunlunqwe imithetho, imigaqo, izibhengezo kunye nendlela yokucinga evelana nezolimo.
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