Our Namibian friends at Swakopmund Matters are getting media attention in Australia in regards to their recent letter to Australian PM Julia Gillard. You can read their letter here
Raising a stink
27 June 2012
The corporate bird poop battle of the year – over a pile of phosphate off the coast of Namibia – is not just between the ASX-listed phosphate prospectors UCL and Minemakers.
There is also a disgruntled group of residents from the Namibian town of Swakopmund, who are becoming increasingly vocal in their opposition to the planned $350 million Sandpiper phosphate project.
More than a month after UCL Resources launched a counter takeover bid for its joint-venture partner in the project Minemakers, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has received some unexpected correspondence from the Nambian town.
”It is indeed a victory for your oceans – a significant and historic step,” said a letter about the federal government’s recent expansion of marine sanctuaries around Australia’s coastline.
The group called Swakopmund Matters wants the same to happen off their coastline.
”While we rejoice in your great achievement, we in Namibia feel despondent about the future of our own ocean, its marine resources and its unique ecosystem,” the letter said. ”These two Australian companies see themselves above what would not be permissible in their own country. To enter the Namibian ocean for their own financial gain sits fine with them – regardless of the consequences and the environmental and social calamity they will leave behind.”