Lead poisoning is destroying children’s brains


28 September 2022

In 2012, studies showed 74% of school children (six to 14) tested in the Western Cape fishing communities of Struisbaai and Elandsbaai had lead poisoning.

Researchers found people in the towns were unaware of the effects of lead on health – 80% of those surveyed didn’t know the toxic metal could make you sick.

In 2007, researchers, for instance, found nearly three-quarters of children aged five to 12 in Kimberley, Cape Town and Johannesburg had lead poisoning.