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Altostate, a newly constructed township in Lephalale

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Aerial view of Mamogela Park, one of Lephalale's townships, just outside of town.

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Aerial view of Grootegeluk Coal Mine, operated by Exxaro

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Mail & Guardian - The story of SA's biggest power plant, and its little town
nathalie bertrams
May 4, 2020
Before Big Coal, Lephalale was a small town with little water and few jobs. Two power plants have changed it. Medupi, one of the largest coal-fired plants in the world, might still not come on stream and is employing fewer people than before. Nathalie Bertrams and Tristen Taylor tell the story of this ode to a world where carbon emissions weren’t a concern.

The story of SA’s biggest power plant, and its little town - The Mail & Guardian
Before Big Coal, Lephalale was a small town with little water and few jobs. Two power plants have changed it

Nathalie Bertrams

Nathalie Bertrams is an award-winning freelance photographer and journalist who routinely publishes in major newspapers such as The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Al Jazeera, De Groene Amsterdammer and the Mail & Guardian.
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