State--owned oil and gas company PetroSA had shelved plans for a 40,000 barrel-a-day coal-to-liquid plant as it looked further into issues such as water availability and carbon sequestration, PetroSA said yesterday.
State-owned oil and gas company PetroSA yesterday came out in defence of its planned R40bn crude oil refinery in Coega, near Port Elizabeth, amid concerns that it could drive existing refineries out of business.
Allowing mining to go ahead on the Transkei Wild Coast would devastate the environment and that would mean "permanent change" to the community's "traditional way of life and their connection with the land", said a Xolobeni community organisation, the AmaDiba Action Committee (AAC).
The rest of the story, including the mines. Business Day's Hilary Joffe is this year's recipient of the Ruth First Fellowship. (This is an edited version of her speech at the annual Ruth First Memorial Lecture, titled Power and Powerlessness: the South African Energy Crisis)