Minister of Environmental Affairs to officially launch and hand over 5 asbestos - free classrooms at Sealane Primary School and a road at Mafefe

07 August 2018

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr. Edna Molewa will officially open and hand over 5 asbestos-free classrooms at Sealane Primary School and an 8 kilometre asbestos-free road at Mafefe village in Limpopo Province on Friday 10 August 2018.

The projects are part of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) efforts to eliminate exposure of communities to asbestos fibres. It is also an awareness raising initiative that aims to educate communities about the dangers of being exposed to asbestos. Scientific research has proved that exposure to asbestos causes diseases such as Asbestosis, lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma amongst others.

In a quest to guarantee, safeguard, fulfil and protect communities from exposure to asbestos and its dangers, the DEA  promulgated regulations that prohibit the use, manufacturing, import and export of asbestos and asbestos containing materials. The National Environmental Management Waste Act (NEMWA), Act No.59 of 2008 provides framework for management of contaminated land and is founded on polluter pay principle and Risk Base Approach.

The five asbestos-free classrooms at Sealane Primary School have been furnished with desks that are manufactured from biomass from cleared Invasive Alien Plants and manufactured at the Department’s Working for Water Eco Furniture factory in Ga-Rankuwa.

Media are invited to attend the event as follows:

Date:    10 August 2018
Time:   09:00
Venue: Sealane Primary School, Dublin, Mafefe Village, Limpopo Province

To RSVP contact:

Dimakatso Tsutsubi
Tel: 012 399 9974
Cell: 072 471 3652
E-mail: dtsutsubi@environment.gov.za

For media inquiries contact:
Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871