Karoo Issues

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

Lowdown on Fracking in the Karoo

This is the Idiot’s Guide to Fracking for Shale Gas in the Karoo.

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Karoo, fracking

Threat of Fracking Unites Karoo Communities

On Global Anti-Fracking Day (28 July 2012), there were protests and rallies around the world, but one of the quirkiest and most heart-warming was held in the Karoo village of Nieu-Bethesda.

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Karoo farming

Predator Wars: Lynx vs Jackal

A Karoo sheep farmer may have stumbled across a revolutionary way of keeping his sheep more or less safe from jackals – by using caracals.

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Graaff-Reinet

Fracking, Shell and Bob’s Swimming Pool

In the Karoo, whether you’re the Dwarsvlei knitting circle, a church group or a book club, you may have the privilege of meeting high-up corporates who want to frack the shale gas out from under your feet. You may also learn more than you expected about a certain swimming pool.

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Karoo farming

Nguni Cattle vs Sheep

In the grassy Karoo of the Eastern Cape, you’re starting to see patterned Nguni cows grazing where before it was just sheep, sheep, sheep.

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Crow

The Problem with Pied Crows

Pied crow numbers are rising in the Karoo, causing problems for conservation and agriculture.

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Karoo education

A Karoo Farm School with a Difference

How do you go about breaking the bonds of poverty? A tiny Karoo farm school near Colesberg shows the way.

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Karoo farming

Progressive Farmers of Graaff-Reinet

Being a Karoo farmer is one of the toughest jobs in the world. Forward-thinking veld management ways have taken root here, notably around Graaff-Reinet.

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Fracking, public participation meeting

Karoo Fracking – The People say No

This article from our archives was written after one of Shell’s first public participation meetings in the Karoo. It makes for fascinating background reading.

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