'Anti-fracking meeting successful'

The Treasure Karoo Action Group Group met with government officials this week.

Government has given the green light for shale gas exploration in the region.

CAPE TOWN - Anti-fracking organisation, the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG), has described a meeting with government on issues relating to shale gas mining as successful.

The group met with mineral resources officials this week.

It's deeply opposed to hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' in the Karoo because of concerns over the impact it may have on the environment.

Government's given the green light for shale gas exploration in the region.

The group's Julius Kleynhans says, "It's a positive step in the right direction. We haven't got a final conclusion or resolution yet but the doors are open for engagement now."

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the exploitation of shale gas has changed the economic landscape of certain countries.

He was speaking at a business briefing in Cape Town in June, where he fleshed out some of the issues raised in the President's State of the Nation Address.

Economic growth and energy security emerged as the main themes in his speech.

He said shale gas exploration and nuclear energy will bring new opportunities.

"The legislation is being rolled out to make sure that when we do exploit it, we exploit it properly and carefully in line with our environmental stewardship. It has changed the economic landscape of a number of countries and this is the direction that we want to take."