Voices from the Karoo

Ever since news first surfaced that multinational companies were interested in a potential shale gas reserve beneath the Karoo, the local communities have been largely sidelined or secluded from the debate. The “Voices of the Karoo” campaign seeks to readdress this imbalance and ensure that the voices of citizens in the poor, rural area are heard.

  • Charlie Murens, Graaff-Reinet

    With the water contamination, our health and the veld damage on the farms, I feel that it is going to be to our detriment. We want other opportunities for job creation. The government must first come and speak to us on ground level; we come first because we voted them into power. They must listen to what we have to say and if we say “no”, it remains “no”.

  • Angelina Johnson, Murraysburg

  • Duval Johnson, Murraysburg

    If we look at the lifespan of fracking - it doesn't last long. The job creation isn’t really there - it is mainly foreign specialized employees and therefore our local economy wont actually benefit; the development of our people wont progress. Fracking is a waste of time and money - it wont help the man on the street. We already have wind and solar projects - we prefer these resources because they don't pollute the environment and they develop our area.

  • Katrina Steenberg, Graaff-Reinet

  • George Murens, Graaff-Reinet

    I’ve seen on TV what happened in other countries where they are fracking. It could pollute our environment and then? What happens to us? I am not happy. The government has not spoken with us at all. Most of the people around here know nothing about it.

  • David Jafta, Murraysburg

  • Alida Louw, Paul Avenant, Murraysburg

    I think people see the immediate gratification of now - money for now, jobs for now but no one is thinking 5 or 10 years into the future. And in the end, I dont think the benefits will reach us on the ground. The rich are going to get richer and the poor are going to get poorer.

  • Alicia Hugo, Murraysburg

  • Johnny van der Merwe, Murraysburg

    Shell has promised that if they use or pollute our water, they will replace it. How exactly are they going to do that? Driving it in with trucks that’s going to further pollute our environment? Pipelines? And when will they do it? Years after they’ve left the country? They don’t give us enough information; they avoid our questions.

  • Frank Deerling, Graaff-Reinet


  • Jennifer Vywers, Murraysburg