Karoo Cowboy tells the intimate story of Seun Beukes, 29, a descendant of the San Bushmen living in one of the most inhospitable places on earth but where, once upon a time, his ancestors existed in perfect harmony with nature. In a way of life that is unique to this arid corner of the Rainbow Nation, Seun reconciles the contradictions of his people’s past with his own present. But this year’s unprecedented drought has reached a new record and in the anticipation of providential rain the pressure mounts.
Already fraught with uncertainty, Seun’s life is thrown into further turmoil by a sudden and startling revelation: in the face of all reason, the country’s president has declared that fracking is the miracle cure to South Africa’s energy crisis. And all the major petroleum groups are out to stake their claim.
Even before the drought, water has always been a rare commodity in the Karoo and now even the precious little that remains is at risk. Seun and his family are left with a stark choice: do they finally abandon the land of their ancestors that has treated them harshly for so long, or do they stand and fight for the only life they know?