Air Quality Issues Tackled at Lekgotla

March 09, 2017 at 14:01 p.m

MEC Vusi Shongwe officially opened a 3-day 11th Annual Air Quality Governance Lekgotla at eMnotweni Arena on 3 October 2016.  The Lekgotla brought together government officials from all provinces, South African Weather Services and other stakeholders working in the area of air quality management.  The Lekgotla focused on identifying and prioritizing aspects of air quality management.  In his speech, MEC Shongwe called on delegates to make sure the Lekgotla comes up with tangible steps to help improve air quality.  He said air quality is a priority for government, and finding ways to deal with it now, will benefit future generations.  MEC Shongwe also called for Air Quality Monitoring campaigns to be beefed up.

Discussions on day-two heated up, thanks to robust discussions on issues related to identifying and prioritizing aspects of Air Quality Management.  The Chairperson of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs, Mr Makhubela addressed delegates on the progress made in promulgation of the National Pollution Prevention Plans Regulation.  The delegates, from all over the country, also deliberated on pertinent issues such as Information Management, Authorization, Strategy Development, and Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement.  A Multi-Stakeholder Workshop was held on the 3rd day for discussions on the National Air Quality Research Strategy and the National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Strategy.

The Lekgotla, held under the theme: "Gearing up for Air Quality Management Towards and Beyond 2020", was also attended by the Department of Environmental Affairs' DDG, Ms Judy Beaumont and Dr Thuli Khumalo.