Hayden Horner
3 minute read
3 Oct 2019
2:44 pm

Photographer documents grim effects of Eskom power stations in Mpumalanga

Hayden Horner

Book explores impact of coal-fired power stations on the local economy, population, farming communities and the climate.

Photographer Daylin Paul. Picture: Rajesh Jantilal

Despite South Africa’s heavy reliance on fossil fuels and concerns raised by the World Health Organisation about the impact of air pollution on communities, there is still a dearth of research and accountability. While South Africa has several areas hit by severe air pollution, especially around Eskom’s coal-fired power plants in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and the industrial facilities run by Sasol and ArcelorMittal in southern Gauteng and Mpumalanga – these companies are exempt from the law requiring measures to reduce pollution. But now, local award-winning photojournalist Daylin Paul is airing the dirty laundry of these culprits. Speaking ahead of his...