9th Air Quality Governance Lekgotla
The Lekgotla is an annual event that is aimed at providing a forum for coordination and capacity building in air quality management. The event also provides air quality officials from all spheres of government the opportunity to share experiences, challenges and to plan for the year ahead. Through this interaction and information-sharing, the Lekgotla also strengthens cooperation and collaboration between the three spheres of government (national, provincial and local) towards improved accountability.
The Theme for this year’s Lekgotla is, “A Decade of Working Together to Defend the Right to Clean Air”, to mark ten years since the promulgation of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (39) of 2004, or “AQA”.
The 2014 focus
The 9th Air Quality Governance Lekgotla (2014) focuses on the implementation of the AQA and accompanying national legislative framework. The Lekgotla will pinpoint the highlights and successes as well as areas that need further improvement. Focus areas for deliberations will include unpacking the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Amendment Act (20) of 2014, Atmospheric Emission Licensing (new applications, processing fee, applications for postponement of compliance time-frames, etc.); compliance monitoring and enforcement, as well as streamlining government ambient air quality monitoring initiatives.
The Air Quality Governance Lekgotla will be followed by multi-stakeholder workshops on 08 October 2014, co-hosted with the National Association for Clean Air (NACA).
The topics for the workshop, include:
- Feedback on the Atmospheric Emission License Processing Fee;
- A Cost Benefit Analysis Study in the United States of America: Some Lessons for South Africa (International Speaker); and
- Source Apportionment Studies in South Africa: Lessons for the Future.