1. Jonathan Deal

    Jonathan Deal
    CEO, TKAG. Deal, now CEO, founded TKAG in 2011 and was Chairman until June 2013 . A recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize , he toured the United States In 2013 on a fact-finding trip and campaign, meeting with President Obama, leaders in academia, US government and environmental agencies and building strategic ties with environmental organisations and individuals across the country.   He published Timeless Karoo in 2007, and as a freelance journalist writes for various publications, including the Rhodes Business School's www.crititcalthought.co.za website.   He is a member and past Chairman of the Southern African Freelancers Association since 2007, and is sought after as a speaker and debater on shale gas mining at international conferences. He has been selected to present at Al Gore’s International Climate Leadership School in Johannesburg in March 2014.   As a global environmental advocate Deal holds a particular passion for Africa and regards himself as an African patriot . Reading widely on global environmental and development issues, Deal whilst being unconvinced that shale gas can meet the claims of its proponents, is prepared to work diligently to establish the scientific viability of the resource – in SA and globally.  

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    Following on from Fruit from the Poison Tree – part 1, and granting the last two points in the concluding remarks regarding economics and climate change being grounded in science, it is necessary to examine the term ‘science’ holistically, and with specific reference to shale gas in South Africa.


    A dilemma of extraordinary proportions confronts world leaders as they wrestle with ‘the fraternal twins' [1] of peril and opportunity - typically the choice between economic growth and sustainable progress.

    Is Africa being sold for a handful of glass beads?

    An unplanned involvement in the South African anti-fracking lobby catapulted me into a widening study of the increasing exploitation of African resources by foreign nations from other continents.

    Chickens and horses

    Dating back to the 1970’s and the emergence of the environmental movement in the US, multi-national corporations were schooled to trivialize environmental viewpoints.

    Where angels fear to tread

    The reliance by oil and gas companies on stated economic benefits of shale gas may just prove to be their undoing in South Africa.