A hip-hop music video about the dangers of fracking in the Karoo was launched in Cape Town today. Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) produced the animated video, along with vocalist and writer Jitsvinger (a.k.a. Quintin Goliath) as part of their campaign to create awareness about why hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) should not be allowed in South Africa.
TKAG is opposed to the hasty introduction of this technology into South Africa, without due processes being followed and proper research being completed.
“Our drive against fracking has many elements – such as a legal challenge, a challenge to the regulating authority PASA, and community engagements. This music video will become part of our strategy as we campaign against fracking in South Africa in general and the Karoo in particular,” said Jonathan Deal, chairman of TKAG.
The music video shows a male character walking across a vibrant Karoo landscape, which gradually changes into a barren landscape due to the effects of fracking activities. The Afrikaans lyrics explain the risks involved and support the images on screen. The images are accompanied by a hip-hop music track, with vocals by Jitsvinger.
WATCH IT HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlcNX0XxGhk
“We hope this video will help us spread the message about the potential risks involved with the use of fracking. If fracking is allowed to be implemented without careful research and planning, it is the entire country that will be directly or indirectly affected,” said Deal.
“We are talking to the youth because they are the ones who will be most affected by the potential social, economic and ecological damage caused through this mining technique.”
Jitsvinger (Quintin Goliath) is an Afrikaaps (Afrikaans with local Cape Town dialect) vernacular and Kyknet Fiestas award winning performer who combines poetry, self-composed music and theatre. He started his assent into the music arena in the mid-90s eventually releasing his self-written debut album Skeletsleutel in 2006. He is currently working on various theatre and music projects, and his follow-up album.]
HET JY GEHOOR VANNIE NUWE GEVAAR
WAT ELECTRIC VERSKAF SUPPLY MAAR VERNIETIG
SODRA DIT MET DIE WATER CONNECT BROE’?
OLIE COMPANIES PLOEG ‘n DISASTER
BEKEND AS “FRACKING”
‘n HYDRAULIC GEDRIL KRAAK ROTSE
4 KILOMETERS ONDERGROND
INNIE KAROO ISSIE NATUURLIKE GAS GROOT
SOWEL ASSIE SKELM MANIERE VANNIE VULTURES
MOEDERNATUUR HET BESKIKBAAR GESTEL
WAT BEDOEL IS VIR MENS EN DIE AARDE SAAM
HOE KAN JY SO IETS VOLMAAK CORRUPT VIR GELD?
FRACKING VAT DIE HELE PLAN TO HELL
DINK ‘n BIETJIE
KAMMA OM WERK TE VERSKAF
VAT DAAI FLOP TECHNIQUE, VERKAS
WAT VANNIE MENSE VANNIE LAND?
DIE HABITAT IS KLAAR INTACT
CHECK UIT DIE CULTURE
DIT MAAK DIE ECOSYSTEM TOXIC
MET SCAMS VAN JOBS GEE
HAIBO! FIGHT DIE SILENCE
HAIKHONA! VIR DAAI POISON
WAT VERSPREI WORD DEUR DIE KRANE, JOE!
ONS BETER YTSTIEK EN EN OPSKUD
VOOR’IE KINDERS BYRIE HUIS SIEK EN VROT SIT
VAN’IE BENZENE, FORMALDEHYDE EN DIESMEER
WEGGESTIEK INNIE WATER SUPPLY DEUR’IE POMPE
DOM IS DAAI METHOD WAT VI ONS GAAN TREF
‘n ALTERNATIVE IS WAT ONS MOET AAN WERK
ORGANIZE TIPS, MAXIMISE EN TRY DIT
VIR SURVIVAL, STIEKYT MET JOU RIGHT TO FIGHT
Have u heard of the new danger that supplies electricity but will destroy as soon as it connects with water, brother?
Oil companies plough a disaster known as fracking: a hydraulic drilling fractures rocks 4 kilos underground
in the karoo the natural gas is plentiful, along with the sly tricks of the vultures.
Mother nature provided what was intended for man and earth together. How can u corrupt something so pure for money?
Fracking takes this whole plan to hell
Think about it
Fracking! Apparently to create jobs
Hectic! Take that failed technique and hit the road
What about the people of our country?
The habitat is already in tact, check out the culture
It makes the whole ecosystem toxic
Multi-millions profitted with scams of job creation
Haibo! Fight the silence
Haikona for that poison that spreads through the taps
We better stand up and shake our heads before our children are sick at home from benzyne, formaldehyde and more, hidden in the water supply by the pumps :
That method is stupid that’s going to hit us. We must look for an alternativen organisen tipsn maximise and try that for survival, stand up and use you’re right to fight!