New WHO IAC ZA Committee taking steps to bring regulatory practice into South Africa

Reference number: 210716.000.NRF-WHO-IAC-ZA
Date: 16 July 2021

Dear Parties

We have concluded our investigation, findings and endorsement on actions to be taken further. They are
summarized below.

  1. The permittance and operation of the Cellular Mast Tower on Erf 1603 BKH are in contravention of
    National Policies, Bi-lateral agreements and International Treaties under ‘substances released into
    the environment’ within the definition of ‘public safety or environmental risk’.
  2. The permit for the Cellular Mast Tower is endorsed to be revoked within two (2) days.
  3. The deconstruction of the Cellular Mast Tower is endorsed within fourteen (14) days.
  4. The merits for an Equality High Court application have been met.

PDFFindings into Investigation Audit into Erf 1603 BKH


The international electromagnetic field (EMF) project of the World Health Organization (WHO) is a collaborative effort of the WHO teams for Environment, Climate Change and Health (ECCH) and Radiation and Health (ionizing and non-ionizing). The purpose of the effort is twofold. Firstly it seeks to create and house a database of legislation pertaining to EMF exposure. Secondly, it seeks to promote dialogue on the risks related to EMF exposure. The establishment of the EMF Project is motivated by the fact that EMF of a very broad range of frequencies represents one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences on human health. EMF may have notable positive or negative effects on health, depending on the exposure context. EMF has been around since the birth of the universe, with light being its most familiar form. Electric and magnetic fields are part of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, which extends from static electric and magnetic fields, through radiofrequency, ultraviolet, and infrared radiation, to X-rays. Various Organs of State have reviewed the research endeavors of the NRF in this emerging field and found that the research is innovative and strongly aligned with South Africa’s national interests. The EMF project is a multidisciplinary research endeavor integrating efforts from multiple sectors. Of particular import to South Africa is research into EMF exposure risks, EMF shielding modifications, and bio-adaptation mitigation options related to climate change. The EMF Project is endorsed by the Surgeon General, and the Nation’s doctor is provided with the best available scientific information on how to improve health outcomes and reduce the risk of illness and injury. The mission of the EMF Project is to protect, promote, and advance the health of our Nation.


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