Coal power is turning Mpumalanga Highveld into a wasteland – new research,The Destruction of the Highveld: Call for a Just Transition

21 November 2017 - Affected community groups [1] have called for a shift away from coal and a just transition taking care of communities and workers at a meeting in eMalahleni.  At the launch of the groundWork [2] 2017 report, Destruction of the Highveld: Part 2 – Burning Coal in the ‘place of coal’ yesterday, community members confirmed that Eskom’s coal addiction is causing serious health problems and killing people in the Highveld. They called for a community and worker led process to drive a just transition, and end the way in which coal power is turning the Mpumalanga Highveld into a wasteland.  

The new study reports that people are already experiencing the severe effects of climate change and that a just transition requires the following elements:

Download the new report from groundWork’s website here.

You can download the 2016 report - “Destruction of the Highveld: Part 1 – Digging Coal” here.

groundWork’s latest report will also be launched in Johannesburg at The Cottages, 30 Gill Street, Observatory, today, Tuesday 21st November, @ 14:30 hrs, with lunch at 13:30 hrs.

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Zinzile Sibanda (for meeting details)
074 695 9970

Nomcebo Makhubelo 
Highveld Environmental Justice Network
072 120 1626

Promise Mabilo
Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action
079 748 9115

David Hallowes (researcher)
083 262 4922


[1] Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action (Emalahleni); Highveld Environmental Justice Network & Guide the People (Arbor).

[2] groundWork is an environmental justice organisation working with community people from around South Africa, and increasingly Southern Africa, on environmental justice and human rights issues focusing on Air Quality, Climate and Energy Justice, Waste and Environmental Health. groundWork is the South African member of Friends of the Earth International and a member of the Global Anti-Incineration Alliance (GAIA).