Shabangu mum on fracking task team names
Jean-Marie de Waal
Cape Town - It appears that Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu’s assurance that the names of task team members on hydraulic fracturing are already freely available, is not quite true.
Only three weeks ago she told the Cape Town Press Club that the names of the task team had already been published and were available to the public because it is a “transparent” process.
But Shabangu responded to a parliamentary question from Gareth Morgan (DA) this week saying that the names could not be disclosed at this stage because the team had to be able to execute their mandate “without any possible interference”.
The task team was appointed at the end of May – just after the first moratorium on shale gas exploration in the Karoo – to investigate the controversial issue.
Jonathan Deal, who chairs the Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG), sounded Shabangu out at the August 18 Press Club meeting on who precisely the task team members were, as this had never been revealed.
Shabangu created the impression that the names had already been officially publicised, and that Deal had overlooked them. She was unable to provide the names and those of the task team's technical work group. She said that was like expecting her to know the names of all 700 employees in her department. She undertook to provide the names.
The TKAG had already on August 10 submitted an application for information about the task team to the department of mineral resources in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act.
It had asked, inter alia, for the names and qualifications of the members of the task team and the work group.
The names of the task team members had however already been published by Sake24.
It is being led by Advocate Sandile Nogxina, former director general of mineral resources.
The other members are Joel Raphela, deputy director general of mineral regulation, and Mthozami Xiphu, chief executive of the Petroleum Agency of South Africa.
The department of science and technology is represented by Dr Velaphi Msimang, chief director for hydrogen and energy services, and Claudy Steyn, chief director for chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics at the department of trade and industry, representing that department.
Only two members of the task team's work group are known.
Shabangu is further being criticised because the department of water and environmental affairs is not part of the task team.
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Why what has the goverment got to hide this time - Another coruption scandle in the making to the total detriment of every one in South Africa except the fat cat cANCer politicians and their buddies
All the task team members should have their qualifications independantly verified.
What qualifications? Political position is not a qualification. We need geological and scientific qualifications appropriate to the farcing procedure and hazards.
Another fracking government cover-up. Bet they have decided to go ahead and frack the Karoo and this is all window dressing for us and pocket lining for a select few :-(
surely the farmers have the right to refuse anyone from fracking on their farms? In the states you have to sell the rights to the company. Anyone seen GASLANDS?
Another golden opportunity for some govt. officials to line their pockets with bribry + corruption.
The govt. ministers are often very devious or they just blatantly lie when asked questions. This seems to be the case here also. The petroleum companies are also certainly not innocent when it comes to lying, corruption, bribery + dirty tricks. Sanity + integrity should prevail when deciding on the question of fracking. The people of the Karoo have just as much right to have a say in the whole thing because at stake is the very precious + very scarce uderground water supply of the Karoo. I watched a documentry on tv last week about fracking in the USA and it was horrific. Agriculture feeds the nation + once the water supply is buggered up with hydrolic oil + chemicals then it's too late. We can only hope that the minister is not hiding something, that there is some integrity + there are no hidden agendas. But then we are talking about South Africa with an ANC govt. so lets hope that we are not asking or expecting too much.
It doesn't really matter who they are because you can be certain that fracking will go ahead, it's just a matter of time. Stay informed on the progress of the SKA project - the 2 are connected.
So all we know for certain at the moment is a bunch of people who will tow party line and have already been told what the outcome will be are now working of a report to meet those requirements, like we believe that the Government would really stop something just because it will add a few thousand more miles of uninhabitable toxic land to our inventory