For personal accounts of the shocking impacts of coal pollution on health, and more on the monstrous costs of Eskom’s coal addiction, see the following by Greenpeace Africa:
- the Coal Testimonies; and
- Poisoned Power.
The Bliss of Ignorance documentary (below) investigates South Africa’s relationship with coal and the impact of SA’s energy policy – particularly the support for Eskom’s coal-fired power stations – on public health.
Coal mining is destructive and, for this reason, the Fuleni community is resisting Ibutho Coal’s plans to blast for coal just 40 metres from the world famous iMfolozi Wilderniss – a haven for the endangered white rhino. The mine would reportedly displace up to 16,000 people. This film by Jess Phillimore was produced for The Gaia Foundation.
The endcoal.org production below recounts the situation faced by communities around the Somkhele mine. It was produced in Zulu (English subtitles) specifically to help inform the Fuleni community of the experience of living next to a coal mine.
The short film, “No to Coal!”, reports how the community of Venda, South Africa, responded to mining company Coal of Africa (CoAL) during a public participation programme regarding the Makhado Coal Mine.
“I hate this in my life” is the title of this short film that further reveals how coal mining in Mpumalanga affects local communities.
Communities’ fight to end the age of coal is a global one. See this endcoal.org video for more on the success of the global movement to phase out coal in favour of clean, renewable energy.