Every human who drinks water from a tap or bottle is exposed to tiny pieces of plastic, but no one knows yet what effect this has on our health. A recent study found high levels of micro-plastic in bottled water. Should we be worried?
The Gauteng Department of Health has dispatched environmental health officers to the homes of recent typhoid patients to screen family and neighbours for possible new cases of the bacterial infection.
As the country continues to weather a severe drought, parts of Nelspruit’s KaBokweni townships have been without water for three weeks after government departments scramble to secure the water supplies of Themba Hospital and the local clinic.
Imagine if you had to crawl outside on your hands and knees to use the toilet every time nature called. For at least 19,000 South Africans living with disabilities, daily indignities like these are just part of normal life as disabled people remain largely left behind in the country’s quest for sanitation and water.
As South Africa continues to battle the worst drought in more than two decades, small farmers in Limpopo are reporting that hundreds of chickens have already fallen victim to the rising heat in a turn that could financially ruin farmers and leave households hungry.
April Eiland claims his home in Douglas outside of Kuruman is plagued almost daily by horrid smells emanating from blocked sewers and he claims the Siyancuma Local Municipality has done nothing to fix the problem since he first reported it last year.
Two women wage a daily struggle against toxic dust entering their homes and lungs, the legacy of mining on the West Rand, which yielded gold necklaces for some and bleeding sinuses and kidney disease for others.
Poisoned air, water and earth – our health is being undermined everywhere by mining companies. Yet mining is the only sector that does not need environmental approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs to go ahead with its operations.
Over a million Gauteng residents are exposed daily to high levels of uranium with some areas in the West Rand exceeding that of disaster zones from Chernobyl, site of the 1986 Ukrainian nuclear disaster.
As mineworkers with silicosis resort to court this week (12 Oct) for permission to launch a class action case against the gold mines that ruined their health, communities countrywide are also struggling with the effects of mining.