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Appeals against Northern Cape seismic survey authorisation needed!

Environmental authorisation has been granted to Tosaco Energy for both 2D and 3D offshore seismic activity in Block 1, located offshore extending from Alexander Bay to around Hondeklip Bay in the Northern Cape. See more information HERE.


Below, is the process of submitting an appeal and all the relevant documentation required to file an official appeal.


Please include the project reference number 1415 in all correspondence.


An appeal must be submitted in writing in the prescribed appeal form (available below).


An extract from Chapter 2 of the National Appeals Regulations is presented below for your convenience:


4(1) An appellant must submit the appeal to the appeal administrator, and a copy of the appeal to the applicant, any registered interested and affected party and any organ of state with interest in the matter within 20 days from:

a)  the date that the notification of the decision for an application for an environmental authorisation or a waste management licence was sent to the registered interested and affected parties by the applicant; or

b)  the date that the notification of the decision was sent to the applicant by the competent authority, issuing authority or licensing authority, in the case of decisions other than those referred to in paragraph (a).


4(2) An appeal submission must be:

a) submitted in writing in the form obtainable from the appeal administrator (appeal form available below); and


b) accompanied by-
i. a statement setting out the grounds of appeal;
ii. supporting documentation which is referred to in the appeal submission; and
iii. a statement, including supporting documentation, by the appellant to confirm compliance with regulation 4(1) of these Regulations.



An appeal, including any supporting documentation, must be submitted to the Appeals Administrator, and copies sent to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (Head Office) and the Petroleum Agency SA whose contact details are presented below:


Appeal to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)
• Attention: Directorate Appeals and Legal Review
• Email:
• By Post: Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001
• By Hand: Environmental House, Corner Steve Biko and Soutpansberg Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083


Copy of the lodged appeal to the Petroleum SA
• Attention: The Chief Executive Officer
• Email:
• By post: Private Bag x 5111, Tygervalley, 7530


Copy of the lodged appeal to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE)
• Attention: Director: Legal Services
• Email:
• By Facsimile: 086 710 0877
• By Post: Private Bag x 59, Arcadia, 0007
• By Hand: Trevenna Campus, Building 2C, c/o Meintjies and Francis Baard Street, Sunnyside


Even if you are not a registered Interested and Affected Party, submit an appeal anyway. The public participation process was in our view insufficient and the general public is usually not made aware of these authorisations until they are granted. Authorisations relating to the drilling for fossil fuels have impacts extending way beyond only the Northern Cape, or even South Africa, and need all of our collective input.

Link to all necessary documentation can be found here:

Download Documentation here:

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Map sourced from Oceans Not Oil.