Bisley resident against cellphone tower erection

2015-11-11 06:00

A BISLEY resident and cancer survivor, Sally Keppler, is leading a public protest against cellular network provider MTN to erect a cellphone tower at the bottom of Bowker Road in Bisley.

Keppler claims that a cellphone tower will lead to devastating health issues.

Public objections to the erection of the tower were closed on Saturday, 7 November.

“About two weeks ago I was approached by a person who claimed to work for MTN and was presented with a proposal for the cellphone tower.

“I told him that we do not want this tower in our area and he said that some residents had already signed to agree with the plans.

“To have a cellphone tower in our neighbourhood is a health hazard. I have rallied for a petition against MTN’s plans for two weeks now and got people to sign the petition. If we have the cellphone tower near our homes, everything in the neighbourhood is going to die - people and animals will get ill from the radiation and trees will die,” she said.

Keppler hopes to get more than 200 signatures for her petition.

A special consent application from the Msunduzi Municipality’s town scheme department has been put up at the proposed address in Bowker Road.

Maritzburg Fever cannot disclose the street address because it is private property.

Keppler added that a proposal of this nature once surfaced a couple of years ago.

“There were objections on health issues and it was never passed,” she said.

In 1983 Keppler discovered she had colon cancer.

“Since then I have had three pieces of my colon cut out and I also have skin cancer.”

MTN SA stated that the erection of a cellphone tower has been proposed.

“MTN is currently embarking on public consultation process, and cannot pre-empt the outcome. MTN has received an environmental assessment approval with AA approval pending.”

The Cancer Association of South Africa’s national head of advocacy, Magdalene Seguin, said that there is “very little scientific evidence that cellphone towers causes cancer”.

“Most scientists and health authorities agree that cellphone antennas or towers are unlikely to cause cancer.

“According to the American Cancer Society, ‘public exposure to radio waves from cellphone tower antennas is slight for several reasons, the power levels are relatively low, the antennas are mounted high above ground level, and the signals are transmitted intermittently, rather than constantly’.”

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