Public debate on the future of coal and other fossil fuels is very necessary in light of the urgency for humankind of the fight against climate change. In SA, the issue is particularly relevant, given the country’s high proportion of coal-fired power generation in the energy mix.

It is also the case that more than a century of coal-fired power generation in parts of the country, during times when both scientific knowledge of power station design and regulation were weak, has left (and in about cases of very old facilities, continue to leave) environmental legacies that are of legitimate concern...

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