The public are becoming increasingly aware of the cumulative effects of air pollution from several different sources and are becoming involved in strategies to improve the quality of the air that they breathe. For example, stakeholders in Richards Bay, Durban, Rustenburg and the Vaal Triangle have formed clean air associations or forums which act on behalf of the general public in those areas. Their role could be to voice concerns at public meetings for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) or initiating air quality monitoring systems.
The Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council (GJMC) has been involved in monitoring for a number of years. However, it is becoming apparent that, although monitoring is a step in the right direction, it is but one step in an overall air quality management strategy (AQMS). Such a strategy would provide the framework within which monitoring operates as well as provide a way forward for the authorities to handle air pollution problems at the local level.
The CSIR has been commissioned to conduct this first phase in initiating an air quality management strategy for Johannesburg and involves informing stakeholders of the planned AQMS.
A meeting to both inform and obtain valuable feedback from the public regarding an air quality management strategy for Johannesburg will be held on:
Date: 25 November 2000
Time: 13:45 for 14:00
Venue: Level A Lecture Theatre, Johannesburg Civic Centre, Braamfontein
Your input at the meeting will be greatly appreciated and all interested and affected parties are encouraged to attend. For further information, contact Karin Harding at (012) 841 3755.