An important short video-documentary of the latest battle against extractivism to hit South Africa’s shores. In the midst of one of the worst droughts since 1993, Rhino Oil and Gas is proposing to frack over 18 million hectares of sensitive ecosystems and more than 10,000 farms across the nation.
The documentary shows the weight of community opposition to the company’s exploration plans, clearly demonstrating that they have neither community consent nor a social license to operate. It raises questions about how the company legitimately gained permission to explore such large areas in a very short time period, and challenges the company’s ability to conduct proper baseline studies.
The way the Midland community take a stand against fracking and engage company officials in the film is an excellent example of how to hold power to account within phoney, box-ticking public consultation forums.