Shabangu to brief Parliament on fracking

Minister Susan Shabangu is expected to provide more details about how fracking will be pursued.

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu is expected to provide more details about how fracking will be pursued when she speaks in Parliament on Tuesday.

Last week, Cabinet announced that a 14-month moratorium on the exploration of shale gas in the Karoo was lifted.

Anti-fracking groups have now threatened to take legal action.

Supporters of fracking believe it could boost South Africa's economy and create jobs.

Cabinet promised that public consultations will be held before any decision is taken on how the process will take place.

But it is yet to release a report which convinced it to lift the moratorium.

Shabangu's spokesperson, Zingaphi Jakuja, said government will be able to expand on the fracking issue once the minister speaks in the National Assembly.