Karoo Issues

What’s really going on in the Karoo? Talking points and insider views.

Karoo Life I – The Quiver Trees of Kenhardt

Kenhardt’s quiver trees (kokerbome) are the living – and dying – witnesses to climate change in southern Africa’s arid areas.

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Karoo vs Fracking and Uranium

The middle of October 2017 was a bad week for uranium miners and fracking supporters. But a very fine one for the Karoo.

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karoo tech hub

Karoo Tech Hub in Somerset East

A successful tech start-up in the Eastern Cape Karoo town of Somerset East, South Africa

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Unpacking the Issues of Fracking in South Africa

The possibility of fracking in the Karoo has provoked heated debate. Scientists Robert Scholes and Greg Schreiner unpack the issues.

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The Recycle Swop Shop

Towns get cleaned up, recyclers benefit, and children learn about arithmetic along with the value of waste. What’s not to love about the Recycle Swop Shop?

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Nananthus, Karoo, Uranium

Karoo Uranium vs Tiny Plant

An Australian company’s efforts to mine for Karoo uranium have been thwarted again, this time held at bay by a miniature succulent plant.

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Uranium Mining Threatens the Karoo

Uranium mining and radioactive dust in the Karoo could be a far greater and much more immediate threat than fracking for shale gas.

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hantam school

Hantam School: No Child Left Behind

South Africa’s education system is broken. But in a remote area of the Northern Cape Karoo, the Hantam Community Education Trust farm school lights the way forward.

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Black wildebeest and windpump, Karoo

Corridor Through the Karoo

A Biodiversity Corridor is being created to protect the Karoo mountain lands and hidden valleys between Cradock and Graaff-Reinet for future generations.

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Pied crow

Pied Crows, Powerlines and Climate Change

Powerlines have facilitated the increase of pied crows in the Karoo, but climate change has driven their soaring numbers.

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