- 1998 – Through the
writing of a position paper, The Future of the Past, SDCEA was
able to stop mass relocations in the area. This was a response
to the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) which called for all
residential areas in South Durban to be industrialized.
- International links
have been built up since the inception of SDCEA in 1996 to challenge
Environmental Racism, Environmental Justice and Environmental Health.
- Environmental awareness
has improved through the launching of the Comparative Study on Oil Refineries
in Denmark and South Durban.
- The installation of Geographic
Information System (GIS) in the SDCEA office. This captures
all community pollution complaints. It has now forced local and provincial
government to install a similar system. This also produces Pollution
Maps, which have been given to local schools.
- A Toxic Tour
brochure has been produced, and this has resulted in many tours, which
educates international visitors and learners alike.
- The Bucket Brigade
takes independent air samples, when we are called out by local communities.
This sample is not tainted by local government or industry, and informs
communities what is in the air that they are breathing, and gives a
wider range of chemicals.
- SDCEA has become a one
stop knowledge shop, for students, academics and learners.
We distribute information on a range of environmental topics, free of
- We produce a newsletter
every three months, which is distributed locally and internationally.
- SDCEA also organizes a
number of workshops, seminars, public meetings which
contributes towards public participation, education and mandates for
action. We also give a number of presentations to diverse forums.
- Our organisation also plans
legal protests, and challenges government (all 3 levels) on
the high levels of pollution, to give effect to our constitutional right
to a clean and healthy environment. Section 24 (a).
- SDCEA has along with groundWork,
and Friends of the Earth International, confronted Shell International
about the incidents, accidents and high level of pollution from their
refinery in Durban. This has gotten international NGO collaboration,
as well as international media attention. Some of the books written
about Shell include information about SAPREF, this Information was contributed
- These include Riding the
Dragon by well known American author, Jack Doyle as well as Leaking
Pipelines – a book about Shell in South Africa. Shell –
Failing the challenge was presented at the Shell AGM 2003.
- SDCEA achieved NPO
(Non Profit Organisation) status in 2003.
- SDCEA has contributed to
hundreds of EIAs (Environmental Impact Assessments)
by providing information and technical assistance to local communities
to challenge ‘dirty’ expansion programmes. This has resulted
in some companies changing to cleaner fuels and technology.
- The recent publication
called Applied Meteorology and Climatology in South Durban. This is
aimed at educators and learners to inform and enlighten them about pollution
issues and how relevant they are to our daily lives.
- Through SDCEAs’ participation
in the Multi-Point Plan, the following has been achieved:
- There has been a broad
Health Study in South Durban Communities, which
is being implemented at present under the auspices of the Nelson
Mandela School of Medicine with international collaboration from
the University of Michigan.
- There has been the
installation of 14 monitoring stations in the area,
along with two meteorological stations. This was done in conjunction
with NILU and eThekwini Municipality.
- SDCEA always continues their
work locally, nationally, and internationally. Current