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Karoo fracking investigation receiving full Cabinet attention

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for shale gas in the Karoo basin is receiving full Cabinet attention, although no declaration on whether a moratorium on fracking would be lifted could be made at this stage, Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Wednesday.

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Call to ban shale gas exploration in the Karoo

Groups opposing shale gas mining bids by Shell and other explorers in the Karoo yesterday asked the government to immediately end these plans and ban any future exploration. As an alternative, the Karoo Action Group asked President Jacob Zuma to impose a moratorium, pending studies into water impacts, alternative land uses, and a decision on […]

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Are We Fracking With the Water-Energy Nexus?

What will it take to convince the federal government that water and energy are tightly intertwined…and therefore their respective planning and policy must be closely linked? The answer might just be: The New York Times. The newspaper’s recent investigative series on natural gas drilling, which has shed more light on hydrofracking’s adverse impact on water […]

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South African minister denies meeting Shell over Karoo gas exploration

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Tuesday denied ever meeting with Shell South Africa or discussing the international energy group’s proposed gas exploration in the Karoo with the company’s South African chairperson Bonang Mohale. This comes after media last week quoted Mohale as having said that its shale gas exploration activities would not harm […]

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The Use of Wind Turbines vs Solar Power in South Africa

Many of us associate a wind turbine with sustainable farming as we regularly see them spinning ferociously on grassy hill tops in rural areas. The truth is that wind turbines have now been specially adapted for residential use and they can be used in addition to other energy efficient products to reduce one’s carbon footprint. […]

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