Karoo Issues

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

Angels’ Work in the Karoo

When Ivonne and Tommie Gentle moved from NIgel to Britstown to take over the Indraf Kafee, they had no idea how their lives would change as they began to provide a sanctuary for those with nowhere else to go.

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Rain

Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

When stormclouds rumble over the drought-parched Karoo, prayers of gratitude rise along with the irresistible fragrance of rain on dry earth.

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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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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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Watersnake

Water Stories of the Drylands

In the Kalahari and Karoo, water is treated with a reverence not found in moister climates. Here you will hear of the Watersnake, a creature that rules the watercourses.

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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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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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Radioactive

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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