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South Africa Energy Chief Backs Oil, Gas Hunt Despite Opposition

  • Minister Mantashe says offshore development must forge ahead
  • International explorers have discovered oil offshore Namibia
Gwede Mantashe
Gwede MantashePhotographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africa’s energy minister is adamant that the nation must forge ahead with offshore oil and gas exploration, despite recent legal setbacks to the development of the resources.

Environmental and community organizations have sued companies including Shell Plc over recent months, winning temporary interdicts that caused the searches to be called off. They’ve argued that seismic surveys are harmful to marine life and criticized the process used to consult those who potentially could be affected by the work.