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Eskom’s omissions of dangerous emissions is not on

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Even though the power utility is in dire straits, it should not be allowed to cripple the health of South Africans.


20 May 2020
PREMIUM!
Eskom’s omissions of dangerous emissions is not on

FILE PHOTO: Steam rises at sunrise from the Lethabo Power Station, a coal-fired power station owned by state power utility Eskom near Sasolburg, South Africa, March 2, 2016. Picture: REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko

Eskom’s deliberate concealment from the public and the regulatory authorities of its under-reporting particulate emissions at one of its coal-fired plants on the Highveld may seem minor compared the unfolding national tragedy of coronavirus. However, air pollution was noted as one of the major areas for concern in northern Italy, where the Covid-19 disease left thousands dead. Eskom’s pollution, especially in the Mpumalanga area where most coal power stations are situated, has been well documented over decades. Scores of people die every year from respiratory conditions associated with the bad air. Attempts have been made to monitor and control outputs...

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