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    MAHLAJANI KROM ELEMBORG & MOFEFE, NORTH-EASTERN TRANSVAAL, SOUTH AFRICA

    The health of the entire community of North Eastern Transvaal is threatened by the presence of unguarded asbestos dumps.

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    MAHLAJANI
    1. GVs Children running down asbestos dump. (4 SHOTS) 0.19
    2. SVs & CU Man holding lumps of asbestos and crumbling them. (3 SHOTS) 0.31
    3. GV & SVs Man making asbestos bricks. (3 SHOTS) 0.45
    4. SCU Doctor speaking. (English SOT) 1.10
    KROM ELEMBORG
    5. GV & SV Children in school. (2 SHOTS) 1.21
    6. SV PULL BACK Children in school playground with asbestos dump behind school. (2 SHOTS) 1.29
    MOFEFE
    7. SVs Children playing in playground covered with asbestos dust. (2 SHOTS) 1.40
    8. CU & SV Boy spelling out "school" in asbestos lumps. (2 SHOTS) 1.55
    DOCTOR: (SEQ 4) "There is nothing that stops the process. It is not a reversible process. It is an irreversible process, so that once you have developed any one of the three entities, it only carries on and after a couple of years, the disease has mutilated the lungs to such an extent that the person will inevitably die."
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    Background: MAHLAJANI KROM ELEMBORG & MOFEFE, NORTH-EASTERN TRANSVAAL, SOUTH AFRICA

    The health of the entire community of North Eastern Transvaal is threatened by the presence of unguarded asbestos dumps. The area was once made wealthy by asbestos mining, but the mines are now closed, and children play in the huge piles of asbestos lumps and dust. The fibres are scientifically proven to be deadly, causing three types of cancer. Once in the lungs, the fibres begin a process of mutilation which one local doctor says is irreversible and leads inexorably to death. People living in the area are not aware of the risks - in Mahlajani village, the children are free to play in the dumps, and the adults use the asbestos waste to make bricks. Nearby, at Krom Elemborg, close to the only working mine in the area, a school is housed in an old miners' compound. It is built of asbestos bricks and one hundred metres (yards) behind it stands another dump. The mine gave the headmaster a pump so the children could water the playground every day and keep the dust down. But the pump is broken. Among the mining companies until recently operating in the area were United States and British-based multinationals. Local health organisations and environmentalist groups have accused them of disregarding the health of the community. Trade unions are fighting for compensation for affected miners, and recently launched a campaign to ban asbestos mining in the country. They say the choice is between jobs and life.

    Source: REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON AND MIKE GAVSHON

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    Film ID:
    VLVA47XPO0CW5W0Q84IFXPOQTFJXX
    Media URN:
    VLVA47XPO0CW5W0Q84IFXPOQTFJXX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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