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Okavango Delta under threat

Updated: May 18

A Canadian company has obtained the right to explore the area adjacent to the Okavango delta for oil using the fracking method. The countries who stand to benefit is Namibia, Botswana and Angola, who already has oil reserves.

The exploration and mining of the oil will lead to a pollution of the underground water, resulting in the destruction of one of the worlds pristine heritage sites leading to a loss of tourism as well as the increase of temperature through the drying of the soil as well as an increase of the carbon footprint. environmental lawyers must keep an eagle eye out for the progress of this event.

The SADEC countries or even the African Union should not allow the exploitation of our natural heritage of such a fashion by money hungry foreigners who are strictly regulated in their own countries and in Europe to exploit Africa. The financial gain for the adjacent countries will be short lived but the permanent future loss in tourism and foreign currency will be forever.

Okavango Delta Under Threat
Image Credit: Tour Radar (2021)

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Mr Graeme Polson, has been practising for the last forty six years. He has been appointed, the curator of a collective investment scheme. He is often requested to act, as Acting Judge of the High Court of South Africa. He has been involved in numerous litigious matters, most notably the attempted takeover of Standard Bank by Nedbank, as well as matters in the Supreme Court of Appeal relating to tax law and ordinary commercial and company law matters. His most recent practice consists and focuses on, mining and mineral law, particularly the conflict between property law and that of the mineral rights holder, as well as the protection of property rights, by application of the Constitution of South Africa. He is an experienced lecturer on contract and international law, particularly letters of credit and international payment systems.

Author: Graeme Polson (Attorney) – January 2021

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