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Environmentalists believe they have struck a major blow to the future of coal-powered stations, following their win in the first climate change case in the High Court in Pretoria this week.

Earthlife Africa took Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa to court after she granted environmental authorisation for the establishment of the 1 200 megawatts coal-fired Thabametsi power station in Lephalale in Limpopo, without a climate change assessment having been conducted.

Thabametsi is one of 10 independent power stations that the department of energy wants to build to augment Eskom’s power supply.

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