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Draft strategy to address air pollution in dense low-income settlements

June 27, 2016 at 9:57 am

The goal of the Draft strategy to address air pollution in dense low-income settlements (Published by the Minister of Environmental Affairs for comment on 24 June 2016) is to map out the path the country needs to take in reducing the impact of air pollution in dense low-income communities. It aims to provide a coordinated approach in implementation of efforts directed at ensuring the ambient air quality is in compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (published in terms of the National Environmental Management; Air Quality Act, 2004), thereby ensuring the right to air that is not harmful to people’s health and well-being as required by section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.

The Centre for Environmental Rights submitted its comments on the draft strategy on 29 August 2016.

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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