Siv Ngesi has become the face of selling South Africa to the highest bidder in a new, hilarious and scary real advert about fossil fuels and climate change.
South Africa (13 September 2021) – Fossil fuel companies, this one is for you! South Africa is up for grabs and we have loads to offer! From our teaming oceans to the incredible minerals just waiting to be tapped. Get ready to make so much money, you will be able to afford more than one jet!
Politically Aweh has released the advert to address the very real crisis in South Africa. The advert, which is actually harrowing, highlights all the very dodgy things happening in the country. The satirical news show really hits the nail this time and with the help of Siv Ngesi.
The premise? The team got its hands on a leaked video from inside the South African Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. And it’s a SHOCKER. The video is an invitation to fossil fuel companies around the world to “come and dig up oil, gas and coal in South Africa… and hurry while stocks last – there isn’t much of the country we haven’t sold off yet!” This all yelled at the viewer infomercial style while a real map of South Africa’s petroleum exploration areas pops up on screen.
The Politically Aweh team collaborated with 350Africa.org and the Climate Justice Coalition on the project as a part of their campaign to #UprootTheDMRE happening around the country starting September 22nd. The DMRE, under the leadership of Minister Gwede Mantashe, is a major block to South Africa making progress towards a just and sustainable energy and mining future, which is why it’s the target of the campaign, with activists hoping to pile enough pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa to ask Mantashe to step aside.
South Africans have a great sense of humour and also have the ability to laugh through the tough stuff. So if you need a laugh while learning just how much of SA is currently up for grabs, take a look at the advert below.
And if you want to do something about it, like holding our leaders accountable, you can find out more about that here.