Antonio estimates the additional monthly maintenance and cleaning costs on this asset, as the result of the manganese ore, to be in the region of R1000 per month.
The cost of accelerated wear and tear over the life of Antonio’s asset is estimated to be: R180000.
In an article published in www.rnews.co.za on 12 January 2018, Transnet were quoted as stating that “manganese terminal at PE Harbour poses no health risk”.
In the same article Dr Martin Prinsloo, a service provider of Transnet, states as follows “Transnet has a biological monitoring programme in place where blood samples are drawn from exposed persons on a regular basis and sent to an independent medical laboratory.”
In a report entitled “Manganese – the silent poison”, Volker Schillack (Analytical toxicologist at Ampath, Drs Du Buisson & Partners), reports that “After inhalation (or parenteral and oral exposure) the absorbed manganese is rapidly eliminated from the blood and distributed mainly to the liver.” He continues, “Due to the short biological half-life in blood of less than 5 minutes, blood concentration will only be elevated very shortly after manganese exposure. The homeostatic mechanisms involved in trying to keep tissue concentrations on a constant level make it more difficult to detect increased blood levels.”
So, it seems that blood tests are useless in determining the level of exposure to Manganese.
The report goes on to state the possible health hazards to the continued exposure to manganese: “As manganese exposure continues, symptoms include generalized muscle weakness, speech impairment, inco-ordination and impotence; tremors, paresthesia and muscle cramps have been noted. In advanced stages the subject exhibits excessive salivation, inappropriate emotional reaction and Parkinson-like symptoms, such as masklike faces, severe muscle rigidity and gait disorders. The dystonic posture of the limb is often accompanied by painful cramps, and is characteristic of findings in manganese poisoning.”
No health risk?
I feel that the time has come to find a law firm willing to take on a class action lawsuit on behalf of the citizens of Port Elizabeth.”
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