Air pollution kills, affects thousand South Africans yearly

Air pollution kills, affects thousand South Africans yearly
Eskom Arnot Power Station in Mpumalanga. PICTURE BY Wikipedia.


Coal-fired power stations kill more than 2,200 South Africans every year and cause thousands of cases of bronchitis and asthma in adults and children annually, according to a report.

A report submitted to environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa, by a British air quality expert has shown just how dangerous the smoke generated by coal-fired power stations is.

Dr Mike Holland presented his report to the department on 6 September 2017 and then to members of parliament’s environment and health portfolio committees on 8 September 2017.

Holland urged parliamentarians to take these issues very serious when drafting laws.

The report shows that at the Medupi power plant over 360 people died, with 453 of the cases being chronic bronchitis. In the same Medupi area, Holland recorded 1552 cases of bronchitis in children ages 6 and 19 as well as 15 412 asthma symptoms in children.

At Matimba power station, a number of 262 people die each year due to respiratory illnesses, 210 at the Kendal power station, 204 at Lethabo and 192 at both Matla and Tutuka every year.

Click here to see Dr Holland discussing his report.

(edited by MLM)

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