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Documentary on health impacts of coal on Mpumalanga Highveld launched online

27 July 2015 at 9:00 am

Today, our partner organisation groundWork launches The Bliss of Ignorance – an award-winning new documentary that explores South Africa’s complex relationship with one of the country’s most abundant resources: coal. The documentary, which features residents of the Mpumalanga Highveld and a range of legal and scientific experts, looks at the impact of South Africa’s energy policy – particularly the support for Eskom, the state’s energy utility’s reliance on coal-fired power stations – on public health.

For the past week, communities across the Highveld have been attending screenings of the film in isiZulu, organised by the Highveld Environmental Justice Network.

Ermelo 2

Ermelo, Mpumalanga

Witbank 1

Emalahleni, Mpumalanga


Colenso, KwaZulu-Natal








Take 30 minutes to watch the film here: