Jonathan Deal sê:

For more than four years, South Africans  have been exposed to a media-driven debate on shale gas mining (fracking). Driven largely by Royal Dutch Shell and then Shell South Africa in our Karoo, the public has been exposed to false advertising and simple lies by the applicants to mine shale gas by fracking.

In early 2014 President Zuma, at least 18 months before even preliminary exploration commenced, announced as if by some divine revelation, that fracking would be an economic game-changer for South Africa.

Against this background, certain political parties recite figures of jobs and revenue extracted from the onesided Econometrix Report paid for by Shell SA and released in 2012. But this Econometrix report blatantly ignore the environmental consequences and secondary costs of fracking such as impacts on our eco-system, services, farming and tourism.

Meanwhile, around the world, the list of countries, states, provinces, cities and towns that are banning fracking or at least exposing it to some form of government moratorium or restriction is growing. In just December 2014 and January 2015, New York State, Scotland and the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick in Canada have banned fracking, and Algeria has imposed a 7 year moratorium. Maryland is soon to vote on an 8-year moratorium. Notably, in the home country of Shell’s head office (the Netherlands), 71% of the Dutch Parliament placed fracking under an effective moratorium until 2017.

In South Africa on the other hand, our government, far from serving the people, our environment or our sensitive eco system in this matter, is playing along with Shell, while Falcon, Chevron and Challenger Energy tag along. World-class reports are ignored. Public consultation by the government around the holistic concept of shale gas mining has not yet taken place in any form. Draft regulations on fracking, which were open for comment for 30 calendar days in 2013 were slammed by US scientists as ‘pathetic’.

Although there has been no feedback from the government on TKAG’s 800 page submission, the government has promised to release ‘final’ fracking regulations ‘soon’.

The government has instructed applicants (Shell, Falcon and Bundu) to remove any mention of fracking from their Environmental Management Plans, and so the new round of public consultation becomes focused on ‘exploration techniques only’ – yes, no mention of fracking. Strategy to mislead effected concerned parties   – while it permits the companies to get the process started and most likely to receive a rapid transition from ’no fracking in exploration until later notice’ to using fracking in exploration – and then a smooth roll-over into full scale production.

We can stand back and permit the tableau to play itself out – or we can take action.

I hope that this synopsis has convinced you of what needs to be done, and I pray for solidarity, that you will stand up and stand together as a group to resist those who wish to rush shale gas mining into this country and our Karoo”.

Bogenoemde is ‘n kort opsomming van die oorspronklike bewoording.

Dit ruk ‘n mens tot stilstand met insig in ‘n bedreiging wat aan ons deur klop. Die woorde van Alden Whitman “ each generation in turn becomes the custadion rather than the absolute owner of our resources and each generation has the obligation to pass this heritance on to the future” onderstreep bogenoemde in rooi.

Maar wie is die skrywer van eersgenoemde opsomming?

Wie is die persoon wat met soveel passie en erns ‘n beroep op my en u doen tot solidariteit? Wie is die persoon wat hierdie verantwoordelikheid om die Karoo en ons omgewing te red, as erfenis vir ons nageslag, vrywillig op hom geneem het?

In die woorde van Roy L Smith “ The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the man” moet dit beslis iemand besonder wees.

Hierdie man is Jonathan Deal

Wie is Jonathan Deal?

Hy verlaat skool sonder standerd 10. Spandeer 3 jaar oorsee en keer in 1985 terug na die RSA en begin werk as gewone sekuriteitsbeampte. Binne 18 maande word hy bevorder tot bestuursposvlak en spesialiseer in Beroepsgesondheid,veiligheid en sekuruteit.   Hy verkoop sy aandele in African Risk Management.

Hoe waar is Oliver Wendell Holmes se woorde nie: “The world’s great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor the great scholar great men”

Terwyl hy sy eiendom  in die Karoo naby Touwsrivier ontwikkel begin hy skryf aan sy boek Timeless Karoo om reg te laat geskied aan sy liefde vir die Karoo.

Getroud met Sharon wie sy liefde vir die Karoo deel. Trotse Oupa.

Sy boek Timeless Karoo word in 2007 gepubliseer.

In ‘n nuusblad van 26 Januarie 2011 lees hy van Shell se planne met hidrobreking in die Karoo. Alhoewel beoogde hidrobreking nie sy eie eiendom raak nie het hy besef dat skade aan sy geliefde Karoo en land  hom emosioneel sal vernietig en hy aanvaar verantwoordelikheid om die erfenis van ons vaders ook erfenis aan sy kinders en ons kinders te maak. Hy begin ‘n facebook blad : Chase Shell Oil out of the Karoo as ‘n protesaksie wat groei tot die Treasure the Karoo Action Group – TKAG  wat op ‘n stadium reeds die 7000 ondersteuner getal bereik het.

En toe was daar geen terugdraai meer nie. Net ‘n pad vorentoe in liefde vir sy Karoo en land, met geloof in wat hy glo maar ook met die hoop dat die nodige solidariteit ‘n wenresep sal wees teen elemente en prosesse wat nie respek toon vir dit wat kosbaar is vir hom en ons nie. Hy baseer al sy aksies op die waarheid en die beginsels van eerlikheid.

Hy ontvang die Goldman Environmental Prize. Sy prysgeld van R1.35 miljoen hou hy nie vir homself nie maar wend  hy sonder huiwering aan om Die TKAG se geveg teen hidrobreking voort te sit.

 

IN sy eie woorde beskryf hy homself as:

Because I’m white doesn’t mean I’m not African
My family has been here for hundreds of years
My children and siblings are white
My friends are of all colours
My family will no longer labour under the label of apartheid
The time for groveling and saying sorry is over
I paid for my ground – I didn’t steal it
I was born in Africa
I am a South African
I am here to stay
Africa’s strength is in her people – all of her people

 

Maar meer as enige iets is hy ‘n vriend van die Karoo en al sy mense en dra hy ‘n T hemp met die woorde ‘Get your fracking hands off our Karoo.'”

Dit is ‘n voorreg om met dank en waardering hiermee aan Jonathon Deal erkenning te gee.