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Waterberg declared priority area

2012-06-22 21:15

Polokwane - The Waterberg in Limpopo has been declared a national priority in terms of air quality management, the department of environmental affairs said on Friday.

"The area... requires specific air quality management actions to rectify or avoid the deterioration of the air quality..." it said in a statement.

This would ensure that the constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to the health and well-being of citizens is upheld.

A priority area in terms of the Air Quality Act is an area in which ambient air quality standards are being exceeded and may cause a significant negative impact on air quality in the area.

The department said this might be as a result of emissions from specific sources that exposed individuals to risks of adverse health effects and contribute to cumulative health risks.

The Waterberg area also had a potential to cause a trans-boundary air quality impact between South Africa and Botswana.

The department said the priority areas covered Waterberg and the Bojanala district in North West.

This included the municipalities of Thabazimbi, Modimolle, Mogalakwena, Bela-bela, Mookgopong, and Lephalale in Limpopo, and Moses Kotane, Rustenburg, and Madibeng in the North West.