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TKAG gets the hip hop on fracking

PRESS RELEASE
July 28, 2011


“TKAG gets the hip hop on fracking”


A hip hop music video about the dangers of fracking in the Karoo, was today launched in Cape Town.

Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) produced the animated video, along with the 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 supports the images on screen. 

The images are accompanied by a hip hop music track, with vocals by Jitsvinger. The video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlcNX0XxGhk. The lyrics are printed below, followed by an English translation. Screen grabs of the music video are available upon request, from martin@hwb.co.za  

“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. 

“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,” said Deal.

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[ABOUT TKAG – Treasure the Karoo Action group has emerged as the co-ordinating body, representative of a broad range of stakeholders who are concerned with the plans of oil and gas companies to extract shale gas from the Karoo basin. Popular support can be followed and joined on Facebook and at www.treasurethekaroo.blogspot.com]

[ABOUT JITSVINGER - Jitsvinger (Quintin Goliath) is an Afrikaans (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.]

Afrikaans lyrics

FRACKATTACK!!
Deur JITSVINGER

EERSTE VERS: 
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

WATCH OUT!

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

CHORUS (X1):
FRACKING!
KAMMA OM WERK TE VERSKAF
HECTIC!
VAT DAAI FLOP TECHNIQUE, VERKAS
FRACKING!
WAT VANNIE MENSE VANNIE LAND?
DIE HABITAT IS KLAAR INTACT
CHECK UIT DIE CULTURE

TWEEDE VERS:
DIT MAAK DIE ECOSYSTEM TOXIC
MULTI-MILLIONS GE-PROFIT 
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

EK Se!

CHORUS (X2)

English translation

FRACKATTACK!!
By JITSVINGER

Have you 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: hydraulic drilling fractures rocks 4 kilos underground
in the Karoo the natural gas is plentiful, along with the sly tricks of the vultures.

Watch out!
Mother nature provided what was intended for man and earth together. How can you 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 intact, check out the culture

It makes the whole ecosystem toxic
Multi-millions profited 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 benzene, 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 alternative, organise tips, maximise and try that for survival, stand up and use you're right to fight!



/ends 


Issued by HWB Communications, on behalf of Treasure Karoo Action Group.


For information, contact:
Jonathan Deal
Chairman: Treasure Karoo Action Group
Tel: 076 838 5150
Or 
Martin Slabbert
HWB Communications Pty Ltd
Tel: 021 462 0416/ 079 500 1503
martin@hwb.co.za 



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