JULY 1981 - VOLUME 2 - NUMBER 7
This report investigates the "secret" deliveries of oil to South Africa by companies in OPEC countries which have embargoed the supply of oil to South Africa. The Shipping Research Bureau, formed to investigate South Africa's circumvention of the oil embargo, offers substantial evidence that South Africa has received a large amount of crude oil from major oil-exporting companies-at times without their home countries' governments even being aware of their activities.
According to the Bureau's findings, 150 tankers went to South Africa between January 1979 and March 1980 to deliver various supplies. Twenty-three of them most probably delivered crude oil to South Africa, and the researchers suspect that 15 of these were ships of OPEC member-countries. The tankers sailed directly to South Africa from oil-exporting countries in the Arabian Gulf. More than half of the 23 tankers were owned or chartered by Shell, which has major investments in South Africa.
The Bureau's report includes statistics on the extent of specific oil companies' involvement in South Africa, as well as the country's need, dependence and prospects concerning oil.
For a copy, write:
The Shipping Research Bureau
ELTSA's newest campaigning leaflet provides general information on British banks' support for South Africa, the alternatives to their lending, and a few ways in which the average citizen can protest their activities.
The folder includes explanation of several ways in which British banks support apartheid, such as financing private companies and participating in Eurocurrency loans to the South African government. Along with information on the Big Four London-based banks-Barclays National, National Westminster, Lloyds, and Midland Bank-ELTSA recommends ways to protest such support by withdrawing accounts at Barclays and by making personal appeals to the other big banks.
The leaflet was written for use in the U.K., but the information and ideas it contains are useful for individuals and organizations in other places as well.
The price is 2 pounds (about U.S.$4) per 100 leaflets; single copies are free. To order, write:
End Loans To Southern Africa