- Government has plans to build another coal-fired power plant in Lephalalele, Limpopo
- This will join the Medupi Power Plant, which has already been constructed in the region
-However, many residents oppose the construction, citing environmental concerns
Plans are reportedly in the pipeline to build a new a coal-fired power plant in Lephalale, Limpopo.
This comes after communities in the area have already protested against the environmental impact of the region's Medupi coal-fired power plant.
Residents have been opposing the construction of the plant since 2007 but were not consulted before construction began.
Medupi is the world's largest largest coal-fired plant. Since its construction, many residents have complained that the plant has had a negative impact on their environment. For example, rates of lung disease and other health problems have increased dramatically since the plant became operational.
Additionally, many in the area complain that the plant is done damage to the ecology of the region. Lephalele is part of the Bushveld in Limpopo and residents allege that the coal-fired plant is harming the environment, according to the Daily Maverick.
Despite this opposition, the South African government is now in talks with a Japanese company to build another coal-fired plant in the area, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
With Eskom facing major debt and much of South Africa's energy-generating infrastructure in need of maintenance, there is a need for more energy-production power. However, Medupi has not delivered on all of its promises.
The plant was meant to reduce unemployment in the region. It has not. It was meant to increase energy security. While it did bolster the power supply, the plant has been both costly and faulty, and has only reached 40% reliability.
While some national groups have sided with the Lephalele residents in opposing the construction of a new plant, it seems that government may repeat the mistakes it made with Medupi.
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