Researching Fracking in the Karoo: Summary of lessons learned

Research on Fracking in the Karoo basin yielded results that, if not considered “unexpected”, can be considered as “should have been foreseen”. Some aspects substantially impacting research on fracking are often overlooked when undertaking scientific research on an emotional topic such as fracking. This presentation aims to provide insights and recommendations based on the experiences and outcomes of current research on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in the Karoo basin of South Africa. Fracking has been a subject of significant research and debate over the past decade.

Event Debrief: "Water: yesterday, today, tomorrow" (Northern Branch)

31 May 2023
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"Water, yesterday, today, tomorrow"

The Northern Branch in association with WISA Young Water Professionals and the North-West University Geoscience Society held a hybrid event focussing on the different facets of water looking at the past, present and future directions. 

Hosts: Professor Ingrid Dennis GWD Northern Branch Chair and  Thapelo Mongala GWP Young Professionals Portfolio Representative 

Presenters:  Mr Marco Morelli  -  Hydrologist: Milnex CC Environmental Consultants, Mr Thabiso Katiba  - Director and Consultant Geohydrologist: AGES Alp

Policy and pragmatism in South African groundwater management

Changes to South African water law and policy since the mid-90s have promoted integrated water resource management (IWRM) and the wider application of the principle of subsidiarity (decentralization), underpinned by the Constitutional emphasis on equity, human rights and redress. New water management organisations aim to promote equity, universal access to water, economic prosperity and gender equality but the reality, especially for groundwater, is less inspiring.

"But is it 'pollution'?" - determining appropriate site-specific regulatory limit values for groundwater quality.

Because the quality of groundwater is influenced by the host rock through which it moves, it differs on a site-specific basis, and is often naturally brackish or even potentially harmful to people. In spite of this, many practitioners incorrectly use the SANS 241 Drinking Water Standard as “compliance requirement” to compare groundwater quality against.