The need for the karretjiemense's artisanal skills has fallen away, robbing them of a livelihood. Yet some persevere with the traditional way of life.
The government plans to grant oil companies licences to begin exploring the Karoo for gas from as early as July this year.
Mamphela Ramphele's party will oppose hydraulic fracturing, a first for a South African political party.
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.
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.
Julienne du Toit heads off for a Karoo farmstay with her husband Chris Marais and finds lots of nothing — gloriously serene nothing.
Shell's Karoo fracking plans have catalysed a battle between the government and farmers as well as conservationists like billionaire Johann Rupert.
A US study that links fracking to high concentrations of methane in drinking wells has sparked debate about the technique for extracting natural gas.
A new study released on Monday has shown that "fracking" can pollute drinking water, although it is uncertain the impact this has on human health.
We bring you AfrikaBurn 2013 - an oasis of art, theme camps, costumes and performance in the Karoo.
Angie’s G-spot is a makeshift wasps’ nest of metal, wood and stone that comes complete with a natural jacuzzi.
The Democratic Alliance's federal congress has dropped a contentious resolution greenlighting hydraulic fracking in the Karoo.
The DA is to debate its stance on fracking in the Karoo as a resolution supporting the process has been passed without following correct procedures.
It is not an easy game but if an alternative to culling is found, South Africa's ostrich industry could take flight.
Nine pages - that is all South Africa got after months of silence over hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in the Karoo.