Shell is planning huge new fracking projects in South Africa now.
There is historical irony here. It was the Dutch who, three centuries ago, were the first large-scale commercial European settlers in South Africa.
Around 1600, the Dutch East India Company began the European settlements in South Africa, seeing in the bountiful riches of this distant land immense profits for their European stake-holders. What followed was the all-too-infamous evolution of the Apartheid system, which tied together, hand-in-hand, commercial and racial exploitation. Then, the vast riches of minerals and other natural resources led to huge profit for the few, at the expense of the original inhabitants for generations to come.
Shell, a Dutch company, continues this tradition of exploiting South African natural resources — in this case, the natural gas underground, which will be released after massive subterranean explosions split open portions of the Earth’s formation, using highly toxic chemicals such as the carcinogen Benzene in the process.
Who will benefit? Shell spokesmen, like their ancestors 300 years ago in the Dutch East India Trading Company, will say it’s for the benefit of the local people — but it’s not. It’s for the corporate stake holders, period. Just like the Dutch East India Company in 1600.
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