It’s time to clean up South Africa’s polluted air

A month ago, Cebile Mkhwanazi’s doctor presented her with a difficult decision: leave eMalahleni or stay and watch her asthmatic children remain ill.

The mother of two lives in the township of Vosman in eMalahleni — the “place of coal” — an air pollution hotspot reported to have some of the worst air quality in the world. 

The Mkhwanazi home is surrounded by open-cast coal mines, which spew dust, and a steel plant that unleashes smoke into the air. 

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Sheree Bega
Sheree Bega is an environment reporter at the Mail & Guardian.

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