23 January, 2018 23 January, 2018

Seismic Blasting Off the Eastern Cape Coast

Just short of a week ago, Zag put together a little web nugget around the seismic surveying that was set to go ahead just off our coast. Missed it? No worries just click here to read more. Here’s the part of the story where we wish we could pose the ol’ good news or bad news scenario, but alas it’s all bad news. Alerts have officially been issued: 
Seismic blasting off the Eastern Cape Coast has begun. Please be on the lookout for disoriented mammals and fish washing ashore as well as out at sea. Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has been granted a reconnaissance permit by the Department of Mineral Resources (facilitated by the Petroleum Agency of South Africa) to undertake a seismic survey programme. This covers a large area of the South and East Coasts, extending roughly between Mossel Bay and Port Edward.
M/V SANCO ATLANTIC last recorded track from the past 2 days, you can follow the vessels movements here.
Note that the vessel will not be surveying within 15 km of the coastline (and 25 km in places). The survey kicked off on 15 January 2018 using the vessel M/V SANCO ATLANTIC and will be approximately 4.5 months in duration. Once more it seems as if money has been the trump card despite great efforts being put in place by various environmental organisations. Let’s get the word out!


  1. Barry Visswe
    1 February, 2018 at 3:40 pm · Reply

    This is disgusting. Can’t the matter be taken any further up the ladder?

  2. Kate
    3 February, 2018 at 8:04 am · Reply

    Barry, infuriatingly the ladder is the problem!!

  3. Sibylline Oceans
    22 February, 2018 at 9:32 pm · Reply

    Hi there,

    Could you invite everybody to take action, pls, asking to Minister of Department : Mineral Resources to stop the seismic blasting (4,5 months duration) :

    Minister of Mineral Resources – Mr Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane
    Private Bag X59, PRETORIA, 0001
    Tel: 012 444 3999

    Ministers assistant: Ms Emilina Bila Emelina.Bila@dmr.gov.za

    Joel Raphela 012-444 393 Joel.raphela@dmr.gov.za

    Deputy Minister’s PA: Ms Kefilwe Chibogo kefilwe.chibogo@dmr.gov.za

    Director General’s PA: Ms Nwabisa Qwanyashe nwabisa.qwanyashe@dmr.gov.za

    Director General’s Office: Mr Khayalethu Matrose khayalethu.matrose@dmr.gov.za

    The marine destruction has began : https://whalesandmarinefauna.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/speculation-over-dolphins-death-in-ballito-south-africa/

    Ej of letter at the end of the article


  4. Name Verona Veltman
    5 May, 2018 at 8:38 pm · Reply

    Smells of state capture. Algoa Bay is the home to the largest population of the endemic endangered African Penguin and the largest colony of the endemic endangered Cape Gannet. If these colonies are harmed, both species will go extinct rapidly. Who cares about the environment when you can line your pockets with bribe money.

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