Mandla Mabuza looks out of his front door at Africa’s biggest power station and wonders if it is killing him. “Especially when the wind is blowing this side it affects us so badly,” Mabuza says, as he gazes at a fume-belching tower of the 4,000MW Kendal coal-fired plant in Mpumalanga, barely 1km from his home in Khayalethu. “We are suffering,” the former coal miner says. PODCAST: Business Spotlight for more insight and analysis For more episodes, click here. It is not just the air. Khayalethu is without running water, and its houses are unsound — an effect of the coal mine next door that is blasting away to feed Kendal’s boilers. Khayalethu only exists because another colliery swallowed the residents’ old homes a decade ago. This is the outskirts of eMalahleni, SA’s “place of coal” — the heartland of Eskom, the state power company that generates 95% of SA's electricity, mostly via coal plants such as Kendal. Over a decade of corruption, creeping blackouts and debt that has risen ten...

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