On the 14th November Extinction Rebellion Gauteng occupied the stage at Sasol’s shareholder annual general meeting, and shared the testimonies of people from Secunda and surrounding communities who are directly impacted by Sasol’s actions. Sasol is the largest single point polluter globally, with the emissions from their Secunda plant exceeding the individual totals of more than 100 countries. Sasol has failed, and continues to fail, to live up to their ‘climate goals’, and are responsible for the deaths and illness of thousands of South Africans from poor communities.
Sasol offered us a twenty minute meeting, which we agreed to on the provisor that it happens on the stage rather than behind closed doors. At this point they chose to cancel the AGM rather than engage with us publically.
We are very proud of our activists for showing up and disrupting Sasol’s AGM. The cancellation of the event is a huge victory, and demonstrates the power we have as ordinary people.
Contact person: Tamar (cellphone upon request)
Press Release from our partners at Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance
14th November 2023
Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance
Press Release: Sasol AGM
Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance, groundWork, Centre For Environmental Rights, Oxfam ZA, Secunda activists, Mozambique activists, Extinction Rebellion Gauteng and Earth Life Africa together as civil society movement against Sasol AGM will be gathered for a Non Violent Direct Action on the 17th November 2023 at 50 Kathrine St, Sandton outside Sasol Headquarters.
Civil societies have a different voice this year as Sasol has shown no morals in host communities whereby the urge to see Sasol comply with the Minimum Emissions Standards of the Air Quality Act, the National Water Act in assuring the right to Sec. 24, chapter 2 of the Constitution of RSA. This has always been a plight from civil society movement against Sasol AGM. We have seen the worse of pollution coming from Sasol and this year we want to emphasis in the shareholders meeting that Sasol needs to comply with the National Environmental Management Act and decarbonize their business model.
Contact person: Mduduzi Tshabalala (cellphone and email upon request)