Eskom estimates that air pollution from its coal power stations causes 333 deaths a year, with a health cost from the mortalities of R17.6 billion. The power utility says particulate matter, smoke and soot, which exceeds the legal limit at all except two power stations, is the biggest health risk. However, Melita Steele, climate and energy campaign manager at Greenpeace Africa, says it’s a combination of all pollutants coming from the coal fired power stations that’s a problem.
Eskom submitted its report to the portfolio committee on environment affairs on Wednesday, 13 February 2019. Steele says Eskom is underestimating the number of premature deaths caused by its power stations.