1. Grootegeluk Coal Mine2. Marapong Township3. Matimba Power Station4. Medupi Power Station5. Ash Dump6. Mogol Golf Club7. Lephalale Mall8. Central Business District
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Nathalie Bertrams is an award-winning freelance photographer and journalist who routinely publishes in major newspapers such as The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Al Jazeera, De Groene Amsterdammer and the Mail & Guardian. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a Fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation and has received multiple reporting grants, e.g. from the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting, Free Press Unlimited and the European Journalism Center.
Her reporting focuses mainly on underreported environment and development issues. She was awarded the 2018 Hostwriter Story Prize for a story on vanilla and illegal rosewood in Madagascar and received the EU Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for a reportage on gold mining in Mozambique in 2016. Nathalie has a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany.
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Tristen Taylor has a PhD (University of Johannesburg) in philosophy, specialising in economics, politics and ethics. He holds a postdoctoral fellowship at Stellenbosch University and is an independent researcher and writer. He is also a National Geographic Explorer and a member of the Professional Journalists' Association South Africa. From 2007 to 2016, he was the director at the environmental NGO Earthlife Africa Johannesburg. Prior to 2007, he worked at Jubilee South Africa, attempting to secure reparations from corporations on behalf of individuals tortured during apartheid. He also rides motorcycles.
Afrikaans translation: Elise Tempelhoff has been a journalist for the last 25 years, specialising in environmental journalism for the last 15 years.