South Africa: People in Highveld do not enjoy air quality required by Constitution due to pollution caused by coal-fired power stations

Author: Centre for Environmental Rights, groundWork, & Highveld Environmental Justice Network, Published on: 1 July 2018

Broken Promises: The failure of the Highveld Priority Area

The air pollution on the Mpumalanga Highveld has been a feature of the South African landscape since the 1950s. Major towns like eMalahleni, Middelburg, Secunda, Standerton, Edenvale, Boksburg, and Benoni are well-known for their poor air quality. Home to 12 of Eskom’s 15 coal-fired power stations; petrochemical plants like Sasol’s giant refinery in Secunda....

...Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) said at the time, “people living and working in these areas do not enjoy air quality that is not harmful to their health and well-being”, as required by section 24 of the Constitution.

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