Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has announced that the use, manufacture and processing of asbestos will be prohibited in South Africa with immediate effect. Read the entire story here.
As the rest of the world closes ranks against one of the worst public health catastrophes in history with nations like South Africa leading the way, Canada and the U.S.A. have so far failed to get in line with medical and scientific research that shows asbestos is a lethal killer. Mesothelioma and asbestosis are just two of the diseases caused by asbestos. With no cure for either illness, asbestos has no place in modern society.