Karoo Issues

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

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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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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Solar energy Karoo

Solar Karoo

South Africa’s new era of solar energy started with a stranger knocking on a Karoo farmhouse door in the early summer of 2010.

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The Karoo is a Palaeontological Wonderland

To palaeontologists, the Karoo Supergroup’s rocks and fossils hold the key to understanding the early evolutionary history of many land vertebrates.

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Karoo Shale Gas and Cradock’s Spirit

At a Shale Gas Imbizo in Cradock on 21 January 2016, the community showed Government the strength of its activist legacy.

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