South Africa’s Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has said thh government intends to proceed with the development of shale gas in the Karoo.
Speaking during a community engagement in the Northern Cape, Zwane said the decision was based on the need to diversify the country’s energy sources.
The move comes amid fierce lobbying in recent years to stop the controversial form of gas exploration.
Zwane told the Richmond Community the possibility existed that shale gas could be found in the Northern Cape too.
An estimated 50 trillion cubic feet is believed to be in the Karoo basin.
Zwane said government had taken steps to ensure that the surrounding farming community benefited from shale gas exploration.
Zwane told the community government wanted them to benefit both socially and economically from shale gas exploration.
If viable, he said it would create jobs and contribute to the gross domestic product of one of the country’s poorest provinces.