The cash-strapped power utility on Monday told Business Report that its air-quality modelling and monitoring showed elevated levels of particulate matter and a likely more significant impact on people’s health.
It claimed, however, that it was not only to blame, as domestic coal burning, traffic and dust from other sources, such as mining and agriculture, also contributed to the pollution.
Eskom said a new study carried out by Dr Andy Gray, an expert in air and health risk monitoring, which was cited in the court papers filed by GroundWork and Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action, had very similar findings to the studies it has commissioned since 2006.
The two non-governmental organisations have instituted a class action against the government for failing to take action against toxic levels of air pollution that are allegedly being emitted by 12 Eskom plants in Mpumalanga and Sasol’s synfuels operations in Secunda and its Natref oil refinery. They said the 14 plants were responsible for most of the pollution that had resulted in hundreds of deaths in 2016.