Company Logo

South Africa

Community group: The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, led by Desmond D’Sa. Desmond won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2014.

In 2002, community members from Louisiana and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade visited South African communities battling the abuses of the petrochemical industry there. Margie Richard and Jonathan Hawkins of Norco and Ida Mitchell of New Sarpy addressed community groups in Secunda, Sasolburg and Durban.

SAPREF – the South African incarnation of Royal Dutch Shell – was one of the companies that community members were targeting, as the company dumped thousands of pounds of toxics into the air and had pipes that leaked underground. Shell was also the culprit in the pollution and destruction of the Diamond community in Norco (see archive about Norco).