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04 June 2019 | Story Valentino Ndaba | Photo Charl Devenish
Prof Cathryn Tonne
Air pollution not only costs lives, it costs money too. Pictured is Prof Cathryn Tonne presenting a guest lecture on air pollution at the Bloemfontein Campus.

Health effects associated with ambient air pollution (AAP) have been well documented. Subsequently, the relationship between pollution and financial outcomes have also become a focus for case studies globally. An Environmental Research journal article revealed that “low and middle-income countries are disproportionately affected by the global burden of adverse health effects caused by AAP”. 

A high price to pay

In 2012, high concentrations of air pollution caused 7.4% of all deaths, costing South Africa up to 6% of its Gross Domestic Product. According to the recent International Growth Centre study conducted by senior University of Cape Town researchers, this is a direct consequence of the country’s heavy dependence of fossil fuels, a source of health-damaging air pollution and greenhouse pollutants.

Stunted human and economic growth

These South African statistics are attested to by Prof Cathryn Tonne who recently presented a guest lecture on air pollution which was hosted by the University of the Free State (UFS) Business School.

“Air pollution can affect economic development through several pathways, and health is an important one. Air pollution is linked to shorter life expectancy, chronic disease, asthma exacerbation and many other health outcomes that result in absenteeism from work and school. These have large direct costs to the health system.” 

Prof Tonne says that air pollution exposure in children is linked to reduced cognitive development, with important impacts on human capital. As a result, children are not reaching their full potential in terms of neurodevelopment, which has an effect on their income prospects and the economy as a whole. 

Resolving a looming disaster

Technology may be employed to radically clean the air. Cities need to lead in the reduction of air pollution by promoting renewable energy, using active transport such as walking or cycling, and investing in infrastructure to make this safe and attractive. 

With researchers playing a major role in strengthening the case for aggressive air pollution control, the government needs to implement policies in order to control sources of air pollution. This global health and economic issue also requires individuals and communities to play their part to improve air quality.

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‘Celebrating the music of our times’
2013-07-15



Esemble Trans.Z
15 July 2013

Programme (pdf)

The Odeion School of Music (OSM) is hosting New Music Week from 17 to 20 July 2013, celebrating the music of our times. Ensembles such as the OSM Camerata, the Odeion String Quartet, Esemble Trans.Z and the New Music Ensemble from NWU are scheduled to perform. They will perform during two gala concerts on 19 and 20 July 2013.

Workshops and lectures will also be presented during the week. One of these, Sound in Motion, will be presented by Esemble Trans.Z. This music improvisation workshop is presented in the form of a soundtrack for a silent film. The objective is an attempt to educate students about the technical and musical concepts related to New Music by means of free composition and mapped improvisation. Each member of Ensemble Trans.Z will be assigned to a group ofstudents according to their instrument of choice. Given a certain amount of time to learn and practice the techniques taught, students will have the opportunity to create a soundtrack for a short silent film.

See attached programme for details about workshops and lectures to be presented.

The following admission fee will be charged for the gala concerts:

R110 – Adults

R70 – Pensioners, students and learners.

Tickets are available at Computicket or at the door.

Enquries: Ninette Pretorius at PretoriusN@ufs.ac.za

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