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Shale gas ‘can be a game changer’ for SA, says Motlanthe

DEPUTY President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Wednesday that scientific advice to the government was that the mining of shale gas through the controversial hydraulic fracturing or fracking method would be a “game changer” for the country’s economy.

Answering questions in the National Assembly, Mr Motlanthe, replying to a question from Inkatha Freedom Party MP Narend Singh, gave the assurance that South Africa’s oil supply was in a sound position despite the US embargo on oil from Iran.

He said that the country was also increasingly obtaining oil from African countries, most notably from Nigeria, and Angola and Ghana. He said government policy was to diversify the supply of oil so that “we don’t put all our eggs in one basket”. Read on BD Live >

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