THE CAMPAIGN & OUR CALL FOR OBJECTIONS
NoToSEZ.org is a campaign run by a coalition of interested and affected parties all with deep roots in the Limpopo, who collectively oppose the planned mega-industrial development in Limpopo Province referred to as the Musina-Makhado Energy-Metallurgical Special Economic Zone (EMSEZ) and the Limpopo River dams that will feed it.
Our mission is to (1) raise public awareness of the plans and how far they have progressed; (2) the devastating impact coal- and water-guzzling mega-industrialization will have on our water-scarce and sensitive environment and (3) to galvanize the public to object to the draft Environmental Impact Assessment report (DEIR) and its recommendation that the project be approved before the window for comments closes on 22 October 2020.
We exist to inform, to connect, to spur and channel objections. Please voice yours - It's critical, it's urgent and it takes less than a minute...
WHAT IS THE MUSINA-MAKHADO EMSEZ & WHY OBJECT?
The MM EMSEZ is an unprecedented multi-billion Rand Chinese-backed plan to develop a "Special Economic Zone" (SEZ) in Limpopo Province for heavy industry on a scale never before contemplated in South Africa.
The designated Musina-Makhado SEZ, which spans 60km2 south of the Limpopo River between the border town of Musina and Makhado, encompasses two separate development sites - a northern "logistics" and a southern "energy-metallurgical" site covering an area of 8000ha - that will contain numerous large-scale industrial plants, powered by a coal-fired power station, and fed by a mega dam on the Limpopo River along with 5 new coal and other mines located across another 104,000ha. The planned project includes:
A 3,300MW Coal-fired Power Station to power the industrial juggernaut
A Coal Washery and Coking Plant
A Ferrochrome; Ferromanganese; Silicomanganese and Vanadium – Titanium Magnetite Plant
A High Manganese Steel; High Vanadium Steel and Stainless Steel Plant
A Lime and Cement Plant
Numerous supporting infrastructure and other related developments
Two mega dams on the Limpopo River at the confluence with the Sand River
The proposed development ostensibly supports South Africa and the Limpopo Province's economic development, BUT at grossly inadequately assessed and severe environmental cost: from water resources to carbon-emissions to soil, water and air pollution, the impact will be as unprecedented as the scale of the industrial plant itself, relative to equally poorly assessed real economic benefits. The entire plan since conception has been advanced without anything approximating proper diligence. We at the NoToSEZ.org campaign endorse the position of the Centre for Environmental Rights and other environmental watchdogs that the MM SEZ is NOT in the interests of the people of South Africa, Zimbabwe or Mozambique, and support their opposition to its authorization.
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ULTIMATE CAMPAIGN GOALS - WATER RESOURCE PROTECTION
Grass-roots - Life-blood
NoToSEZ.org campaigns to raise awareness and raise objections to the Musina-Makhado EMSEZ - ultimately to save our water resources.
We represent a diverse coalition of local farming, conservation, business and community interests, who share a dependency on and commitment to the Limpopo River and surrounding Limpopo Valley, and who will all be directly and severely impacted by the EMSEZ if it is authorized. Our EMSEZ objection is concentrated on our water resources: We seek to prevent the plunder of the Limpopo River water and the resultant destruction of the riverbank riparian zone as well as our pristine Limpopo Ridge Bushveld within the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, and the ruin of the local commercial farming industry and subsistence farming communities. Our ultimate aim is to use the threat that the EMSEZ represents to drive reform of the way our scarce water and other natural resources are managed and allocated in the Limpopo.
We are a source of information and a forum for connecting to magnify the effectiveness of the opposition. We welcome engagement with other affected communities, industry associations, nature reserves, environmental agencies, media as well as government and of course the proponents of the EMSEZ.
We oppose the proposed coal-fired mega industrial development known as the Musina-Makhado EMSEZ and the severe environmental impact it will have - especially on our scarce water resources, we object to the environmental impact assessment on the grounds that the entire EIA process followed and assessment is fundamentally flawed - and are acting to raise awareness and raise objections to the EIA before the deadline of 22 October 2020.
We are striving to find new fair and sustainable solutions to water scarcity in an increasingly water-stressed region. We believe that the threat posed by the dangerously ill-conceived EMSEZ to Limpopo's water sources and users thrusts the need for deep reform of water resource management and allocation in Limpopo to the fore. We are working to ensure that lasting solutions to the growing water crisis are found beyond the abandonment of the MM-SEZ.
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