The story of SA’s biggest power plant, and its little town – Mail & Guardian

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