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[WATCH] Why a hotter Earth makes dirty air more dangerous

  • Secunda in Mpumalanga is said to be “the largest source of carbon dioxide in the southern hemisphere,” environmental researchers say.
  • Khehla Mahlangu and Jeremiah Maseko have lived and worked in the town for decades but now doctors have told them that their lungs are no good.
  • Fumes from factories in this area cover Secunda in a blanket of smog which experts say contain tiny pieces of heavy metals like arsenic and mercury. And now climate change is making things worse.
  • We travel to Secunda — come with us, to see for yourself.

Esté De Klerk is a documentary radio and television producer and director.

Jan Potgieter is a freelance video editor and owner of Slipdisk productions.

Willem Pretorius is a freelance cameraman.

Mia Malan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa. She has worked in newsrooms in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington, DC, winning more than 30 awards for her radio, print and television work.

Mohale Moloi worked at Bhekisisa as a television producer and health journalist from July 2021 to March 2024.

Yolanda Mdzeke is a multimedia reporter at Bhekisisa.