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In South Africa, a community says no after a coal miner said go

Unlike most other households in close proximity to the mine, Sangweni did not accept Tendele’s compensation offer — in his case 800,000 rand ($44,000) — and remained in his home. But after 16 years of living so close to the mine, he feels defeated. He has complained fruitlessly to the traditional leadership about dust, pollution of rainwater and being cut off from the municipal water supply, cracks in his walls, and noise pollution. Now he says he needs to move. “I can’t live here anymore.”…

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