Stop Air and Water Pollution in South Africa



Empower poor communities in urban South Durban to fight against environmental hazards of pollution caused by oil refineries, paper mills, chemical manufacturers and other toxic industries.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Over 500,000 people live in South Durban. Many people of color were moved to this region under Apartheid and still live there. Many hazardous industries are also based here. All told, there are approximately 120 "smokestack industries" that produce a wide variety of petroleum and other chemical products in South Durban .As a result, people are exposed toxic emissions in the air, water and land, which cause severe health problems such as respiratory illness and cancer.

How will this project solve this problem?

This project fights for the environmental rights of those in lower working class communities. Communities will become aware of health risks from industrial pollution and be able to report on industrial incidents and illegal dumping of toxic wastes.

Potential Long Term Impact

Community members will have greater access to information about health risks, confidence to report issues and be given a voice on the environmental issues that negatively affect them. People’s health will improve and further pollution avoided.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $40

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $40 .  The original project funding goal was $6,250.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Gillian Wilson

IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Stop Air and Water Pollution in South Africa
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