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Strategy for addressing air pollution in dense low-income settlements

17 May 2019

On 17 May 2019, the Minister of Environmental Affairs published the strategy for addressing air pollution in dense low-income settlements for implementation in terms of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, 2004 (NEMAQA).

The stated goal of the strategy is to map out the path that the country needs to take in reducing the impact of air pollution in dense low-income settlements. Its aims to provide a coordinated approach in implementation of efforts directed at ensuring that ambient air quality in dense low-income settlements is in compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards, 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 South Africa.

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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