n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - Environmental conflicts in the South Durban Basin : integrating residents' perceptions and concerns resulting from air pollution

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


With a complex mix of large scale industries and major transport networks, the South Durban Basin (SDB) residential area has been subjected to a considerable amount of environmental impacts and conflicts. A major concern in the area is the effects of air pollution on human health and ecology that are caused by the emissions of unacceptable levels of toxins, chemical waste and a large content of sulphur dioxide, which are characteristic of industrial processes and activities. Perceptions regarding environmental conflicts in the area were recorded by eliciting residents' concerns. Fieldwork in the form of questionnaires was undertaken. These were administered to 200 households in Merebank and Wentworth in the SDB to determine residents' knowledge, perceptions and concerns about industrial activities and potential impacts. This paper therefore explores residents' perceptions of environmental impacts and highlights the key issues which contribute to community conflicts - including those conflicts related to government, employment, race and community health.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error