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FILE: Eskom has applied to the Department of Environmental Affairs for rolling postponements of its obligations under the legislation to meet the emissions and air standards. Picture: EWN.

Air pollution

Eskom needs over R180 billion to comply with new emissions laws

Eskom, which uses mainly coal-fired power plants to generate electricity, was one of 37 top domestic polluters, including Sasol, granted a five-year reprieve by government until 2020 to meet air emission standards.

  • Lethabo power station. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

    Ailing Eskom faces emissions violations, could shut plants

    Africa’s biggest public utility supplies over 90% of South Africa’s electricity, relying largely on ageing, heavily polluting coal-fired power stations but does not generate enough cash to meet its debt servicing costs.

  • Mpumalanga: Living in the world’s pollution hotspot

    Environmental agency Greenpeace announced last year that the Highveld of Mpumalanga has the world's highest level of nitrogen dioxide in the air, based on analysis of satellite data. The area is the nation's coal heartland, home to over 100 coal mines. This pollution affects millions of people living in these communities and surrounding provinces such as Gauteng.