About Julienne du Toit

Fracking U-Turn Professor Gerrit van Tonder Dies

Prof Gerrit van Tonder, who died on 22 April, left an indelible mark on the fight against fracking in the Karoo.

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Fracking

Are the Frackers Fracked?

Oil and gas exploration in South Africa was knocked sideways by the South African Government in 2014. How does this affect Karoo fracking proposals?

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Jeanie le Roux of Treasure Karoo Action Group

Ground Zero for Karoo Fracking?

The Karoo needs baseline testing of its groundwater before shale gas exploration and fracking begins. The first official sample has just been taken…

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Aga

Emmie the Aga Lady

In most Karoo farmhouses, there is generally an Aga stove or an Esse lurking in the kitchen, quietly exuding welcome heat in winter. But sometimes things go wrong…

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Heritage roses

Bedford’s Green Thumb

On the edge of the Eastern Karoo, snuggled up against a thickly wooded range of low mountains, is Bedford, a town with a great green heart.

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A Dog, a Child, and a Small Karoo Town

Sometimes, when living in a small town like Cradock, one is witness to simple yet great acts of kindness that are less noticeable in big cities.

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Karoo kitchen

Karoo Kitchens and Peach Pip Floors

A century ago, people in the Karoo had elegant little devices to peel peaches, grind coffee and sieve their flour. And weren’t those peach pip floors something?

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Cradock

An Anglican Karoo Christmas

Carols, Christmas and Herald Angels in the Karoo.

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Dolerite

Dolerite, the Karoo’s Fracking Game-Changer

South Africa’s Karoo Basin is one of the few shale gas plays in the world intruded by dolerite – an ancient, slow-cooled magma known locally as ironstone. What does it mean for frackers and fracking?

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Fracking

A Shell Game Falters: Fracking Update November 2013

Shell’s quest to win over the hearts and minds of Karoo people foundered recently at a meeting that joined anti-fracking activists, farmers and South Africa’s First People.

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