Deputy Minister Sotyu to visit Pelonomi ambient air quality monitoring station in Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Free State

14 October  2021

 

The Deputy Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment Ms Makhotso Sotyu, accompanied by Free State MEC for Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Makalo Petrus Mohale will conduct an oversight visit to the Pelonomi ambient air quality monitoring station in Mangaung, Free State on Friday 15 October 2021.

Ambient monitoring stations are established to provide valuable information that informs the development of several tools and strategies to improve the quality of air. Mangaung municipality has three air quality monitoring stations located in Bayswater, Kagisanong Community Centre and Penolomi. The stations fell into disrepair a few years ago, but the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) intervened to ensure that they are functional. The Penolomi station is now operational and reporting to South African Air Quality Information Systems (SAAQIS).

Information from Pelonomi station show that air pollution is of concern in the metro, especially particulate matter. Transport-related emissions are most intense in Mangaung and along the major road networks linking the city to surrounding provinces.

The deputy minister will also announce the Department of Forestry, Fisheries’ intervention in Mangaung Metro Municipality in response to a request for assistance from Mangaung Metro Municipality due to waste management challenges and financial budget constrain that the municipality is facing.

 

Members of the media are invited to attend as per the details below:

 

PART 1: Tour of the Pelonomi Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Time: 10h00
Venue:  Pelonomi Hospital

PART 2: Announcement of the Waste Management Intervention and Stakeholder Engagement

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Time: 11h00
Venue: 58524 Mjiba Street, Leslie Monnanyane Building, Rocklands, Mangaung

To RSVP contact:
Dimakatso Tsutsubi
Cell: 066 420 0088
E-mail: dtsutsubi@environment.gov.za

For media enquiries contact:
Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871 or

Peter Mbelengwa
Cell: 082 611 8197