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Most people I meet in the sprawling village of Bapong, near Brits, suffer from a chronic rasping cough.
Villagers, especially the young and very old, are sick because of the dust billowing from neighbouring mine dumps.
Moses Motau, a hawker, shows us a layer of dust that chokes the village's fertile soil.
"This grey sand that you see is not Bapong's original sand. I suffer terribly because I worked there [on the mines] for nine years, inhaling this dust. When I came home in the evenings, I inhaled the same dust in the village all over again," said Motau, coughing constantly.
He said he had to stop working because of ill health.
Oupa Kitse, 58, is also sick. He said his grandson Thabang Lekalakala has been sick since he was a year old.
Kitse said Lekalakala, now 20 years-old, is in and out of hospital because he coughs constantly.
"He grew up with this illness. He gets worse when it is windy, when the dust is all over the village. This has harmed us all. It is unhealthy living here, but we have no choice because this is the only place we call home," he said.
Sina Moumakwe said: "Most of my neighbours cough all the time, and the cough does not go away. This is scary."
Mary Komati said she has spent all her money on doctors and medicine.
"When we go to our clinic they give us painkillers which don't stop the coughing. We need help," she said.