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The role of geographic and socioeconomic factors on the effects of oil pollution in South Africa is discussed. The sparse population and natural mechanisms provide little reason for alarm in the case of an oil spill at sea except for certain higher risk areas. Effects of previous spills are outlined, and government policy with regard to dispersant usage is discussed.
oil spill, dispersant, South Africa, current systems, ecology, socioeconomic effects, pollution prevention, government policy
head, Oil Pollution Research Unit of the Sea Fisheries Institute,