Fracking

Gwede keeps options open despite anti-fracking ruling

The minister of mineral resources and energy, Gwede Mantashe, has announced that his department will not be extracting gas by way of fracking

Groundwater maps could help South Africa prepare for safer fracking

A vulnerability map could help assess the risks associated with fracking and groundwater which around 300 towns depend on in South Africa's Karoo

​Court throws out fracking application for KZN

A procedural failure on the part of government has meant a further delay for attempts to get gas out from under 15 000 farms in KwaZulu-Natal.

‘Give SA its own fracking agency’

South Africa has adopted a softly-softly approach to shale gas exploration.

BHP write-down reveals fragile state of shale

The size of BHP Billiton's $2.8bn write-down for its US shale assets took some banks by surprise - at least two thought it was too small.

Let’s debate facts – not feelings

To debate on the basis of science-based evidence before making decisions is something we should aspire to in every field where it is possible.

Fracking out in the open at last

A team of researchers has R12.5-million and two years to consider the effect of fracking for shale gas on the Karoo.

The hunt for Karoo shale gas begins

The government plans to grant oil companies licences to begin exploring the Karoo for gas from as early as July this year.

Fracking chemicals ‘may affect fertility’

Researchers in the US have found that many of the 750 or so chemicals used in fracking are associated with fertility and developmental problems.

Stakes high as US plays oil card

A ploy to soften up Russia and Iran might inflict collateral damage on its own shale industry.

Zuma: Government wants 30 wells in 10 years for oil exploration

Although blessed with an abundance of minerals such as gold, platinum and coal, SA has always been a major oil importer.

Who will monitor the environmental fallout from fracking?

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.

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Eastern Cape MEC orders graft investigation after two workers killed at troubled district municipality

The killing of two council workers at the Amathole district municipality appears to be linked to tender fraud and corruption

South Africans stuck in China are desperate to escape coronavirus ‘prison’

But the department of international relations and co-operation claims they are comfortable and taken care of 

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

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