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A farmer works with his tractor in front of the Kusile Power Station located in eMalahleni. In Gauteng province residents can sometimes smell the pollution coming from this direction. Wikus de Wet/AFP via Getty Images

The air in South African Highveld cities smells foul in the winter: here’s why

Johannesburg occasionally smells like rotten eggs. The wind brings the smell from the east or the southeast, where most industries are located.
If South Africa wants to improve air quality and meet climate change goals, it needs to move away from coal. Bloomberg Creative/Getty Images

South Africa’s power utility Eskom: how does it stack up in the pollution stakes?

To improve air quality, a combination of efforts is needed including reducing Eskom’s emissions, investing in cleaner sources of energy, and reducing emissions.
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A tale of two valleys: Latrobe and Hunter regions both have coal stations, but one has far worse mercury pollution

New research found power stations in the Latrobe Valley emit around 10 times more mercury than power stations in the Hunter Valley. The stark difference has a lot to do with regulations.

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