In setting new sulphur dioxide emission limits for some of SA’s dirtiest plants, the government has walked a tightrope few would want to tread —  making trade-offs between the survival of critical industries and human health.

Effective April 1, sulphur dioxide emission limits for air-polluting plants have been tightened by more than 70%, but environmental rights groups say the government has effectively legislated 3,300 premature deaths.

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