Begun in 1995,
the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) is a democratic
coalition of members of several communities who have struggled together
to bring higher environmental standards to the industries and communities
that cohabit South Durban. Looking to the future, SDCEA seeks a more
sustainable South Durban and Durban that ensures the environmental health
of the human and natural environment in close proximity to clean industry.
SDCEA involves communities
from all of South Durban, especially Wentworth, Merebank, Bluff, Isipingo,
and Umlazi but also includes the environmental concerns of the communities
in Umbogintwini, Umbokodeweni, Athlone Park, Malukazi, and Clairwood.
Maps and Information about the Communities
SDCEA's goals and
The SDCEA logo was designed
by Deva Govindsamy, a long-time environmental activist from Merebank.
The core at the center symbolises the strength and focus that must come
from the organisation. The spikes show both a vitality and tension,
going both inward and outward. The energy from the communities vitalizes
the center, from which emanates a harmony of the whole as well as an
impact even beyond the circumference of the affected communities. In
African tradition, communication often occurs in the circle, an almost
unbreakable shape. In mystical tradition, yellow represents intelligence,
and green represents the dynamics of relationship and humankind's capacity
to use its intelligence for good.
of Logo by Mark Root-Wiley