Former unionist Johnny Copelyn bets on Wild Coast oil and gas bonanza

South African businessman and ex-ANC MP has key role in controversial Shell survey

05 December 2021 - 00:04 By TONY CARNIE

Amid growing opposition to the Shell oil and gas exploration venture off the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast, former labour union stalwart turned businessman Johnny Copelyn has emerged as a key figure behind the seismic blasting drive.

So far, public attention has focused mainly on the Anglo-Dutch fossil-fuel giant, including a last-minute high court interdict application by fishing and environmental groups against Shell to end the exploration. ..

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