The government plans to grant oil companies licences to begin exploring the Karoo for gas from as early as July this year.
Researchers in the US have found that many of the 750 or so chemicals used in fracking are associated with fertility and developmental problems.
A ploy to soften up Russia and Iran might inflict collateral damage on its own shale industry.
Although blessed with an abundance of minerals such as gold, platinum and coal, SA has always been a major oil importer.
Critics say that plans for the department of mineral resources to monitor the impact of shale gas operations has put it at odds with its own mandate.
A new meta-study has found that the life-time greenhouse gas emissions of shale gas, extracted through fracking, are half that of coal.
The chemicals giant expects synfuel production for the year to fall in the upper end of the target range as it progresses a number of investments.
Mamphela Ramphele's party will oppose hydraulic fracturing, a first for a South African political party.
The government must wake up and smell the roses before the stench of sulphur becomes overwhelming.
The SA firm is dismantling a US community to make way for its $21-billion shale gas plant.
The 2014 Budget has delayed the carbon tax, punted shale gas, budgeted for more independent energy, and asked that mines help fix acid mine drainage.
Parliament's committee on mineral resources says gas and oil should be treated differently to mining.
The fight is no longer about fracking but how it is going to be carried out, writes Sarah Wild.
Botswana's government has denied claims that fracking is under way in the country's top wildlife park, but says exploration drilling is taking place.
Botswana has been accused of sacrificing the Kalahari to commercial fracking while ignoring the concerns of access to scarce water.
The sparse and evocative Karoo, a place for artists and soil-tillers, may soon become a place for geologists, scientists, and fracking.
SA government has proposed that companies involved in fracking disclose the chemicals used and adhere to American Petroluem Institute standards.
To the upset of anti-fracking groups, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu presented proposed technical regulations that will govern fracking.