Our social development programs are too focused on welfarism and too little on healing the social pain that is overwhelming so many, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
The area is home to the largest steerable telescope in the world.
A bleak market outlook most likely forced Karoo Uranium mining hopefuls Peninsula Energy to withdraw from South Africa, activists believe.
Government intends to pursue the exploration of shale gas, but will consult widely with communities and stakeholders when doing so, says Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane.
Anti-uranium mining lobbyists have celebrated the announcement by an Australian firm that it is downsizing its mining application by almost 90%.
There is concern that Brucellosis, that left two people ill on the Boeteka Game Farm and Wedding Venue in the Karoo, could affect more farms.
Shell says it is pulling back from its shale projects in SA due to lower energy prices, although it is still seeking an exploration licence for the Karoo basin.
Health experts and anti-fracking advocates have issued an urgent call to test drinking water quality in the Karoo before proposed shale gas mining, which carries potential cancer risks, commences.
Government says shale gas exploration will be guided by licence conditions, while Shell says drilling will likely start in 2017 if licences are awarded next year.
Government must stop the legislative process underway to regulate shale gas exploration until it has considered all the evidence, the Treasure Karoo Action Group says.
Multinational Shell says that fracking in the Karoo for shale gas may not be financially viable and would like to explore the option by placing 24 exploration wells in the Karoo.
The new species include two new scorpions, a reptile, two wandering spiders, and a plant.
Three unlikely Brenda Fassie fans have gone viral after uploading a video of themselves getting down to the hit Vulindlela. Watch.
Increased interest in the Square Kilometre Array SKA telescope project in the Karoo has led to an investment of $9.5m by the University of California.
Even though South Africa has significant potential for shale gas development, little progress has been made in exploiting these resources, a report has revealed.
A suspected outbreak of a bacterial infection, usually spread by drinking unpasteurised milk, is being closely monitored after one person fell ill.
South Africa is looking to source gas from neighbouring countries as part of its energy mix, President Jacob Zuma has said in his State of the Nation address.
Unearthed, an independent South African feature documentary, investigates fracking in the United States – the technology’s place of origin – in order to understand what this new method of gas extraction could mean for the semi-arid Karoo and other countries who are considering its implementation.
A huge South African flag, made up of millions of coloured desert plants and solar panels, will soon be visible in the Karoo – and from space.
AfriForum has expressed deep concerns over the fact that an Australian company has been given certain rights in the Karoo, rights that were possibly obtained underhandedly.
Destroying the Karoo may not yield the envisaged rewards, says Mandi Smallhorne.
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