Three civil society groups has taken the government to court over it's plan for a new coal-fired powerplant. It argued that the plan threatens people's rights to an environmental and harmful to health.
Lawyers for the three groups-groundwork, the African Climate Alliance and Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action-wrote to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and energy regulator Nersa in september demanding that the plan for 1 500MW of new coal capacity be scrapped.
The health and environmental impact of the coal industry includes issues such as land use, waste management, water and air pollution, there are severe health effects caused by burning coal. According to a report by the world Health Organisation in 2008, coal particulates pollution are estimated to shorten approximately 10 000 lives annually worldwide.
The true questions is that does the South African government has a clear plan on ending the loadshedding. There have been too many promises,when will those empty promises end.
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