The Karoo is a semi-arid area covering most of the central part of South Africa. It’s an area rich in cultural, geology, palaeontology, history, environmental treasures and colourful folk. This region was generally neglected in the past. However, the Karoo is increasingly recognised as being a social and economic asset to South Africa. Recent debates about possible shale gas mining in the Karoo have increased public attention on this remote and arid region.
In 2009, the Karoo Development Foundation (KDF) held its first Karoo Development Conference, in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, the first-ever event of its kind in the Karoo. Three years later, the KDF held the 2nd Karoo Development conference, on the theme of Claiming our Future: People, Space and Place in the Karoo. It became clear that there were numerous projects, organisations and champions already active in the Karoo, and that they need to be better co-ordinated and synergies explored. And so the idea of a Karoo Parliament was born.
The KDF has been the proud host of two very successful Karoo Parliaments. The first was held in October 2013 in Philipstown (Northern Cape), on the theme of Sharing our Successes. The second took place in November 2014 in Cradock (Eastern Cape), under the banner of Taking the High Road.
During the last few months, the KDF and its partner, the Laingsburg Local Municipality, have been preparing to host the Third Karoo Parliament on 14-16 September 2016. A great deal of work has been done thus far. But because of certain issues we regretfully need to let you know that it will no longer take place. Please click here to read more.