Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson to open the 10th Annual Air Quality Governance Lekgotla

22 September 2015


The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson, will officially open the 10th Annual Air Quality Governance Lekgotla on Monday 28 September 2015, in Bloemfontein. During the opening session of the Lekgotla, the 2015 State of Air Report and National Air Quality Indicator will be tabled. 

The theme of the 2015 Air Quality Governance Lekgotla is “Launching the Air Quality Management Systems for Transparent Governance and Improved Service Delivery.” The event is expected to bring together at least 350 air quality officials from all three spheres of government, to deliberate on various pertinent issues such as Air Quality Management Planning Tools, Ambient Air Quality Monitoring as well as Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement. It is a platform and an opportunity for government officials to interact and strengthen regulatory tools towards improved air quality management.

Since the promulgation of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (39) of 2004 (AQA), government has developed several regulatory tools and interventions to manage air quality in South Africa. The need to improve service delivery has led to the development of web-based systems which are intended to improve transparent air quality governance. The Department will launch the South African Atmospheric Emission Licensing and Inventory Portal (SAAELIP) on 30 September 2015, which is comprised of the System for National Atmospheric Emission Licensing (SNAEL) and the National Atmospheric Emission Inventory System (NAEIS). These systems are aimed at propelling transparent air quality governance and improved service delivery.

Members of the media are invited to attend the opening session and the launch of the SAAELIP as per the details below:

Opening session:

Date: 28 September 2015

Time: 09:00

Venue: President Hotel – 1 Union Avenue, Bloemfontein, Free State

Launch of the SAAELIP:

Date: 30 September 2015

Time: 10:00

Venue: President Hotel - 1 Union Avenue, Bloemfontein, Free State

To RSVP, contact:

Banele Mabena
Tel: 012 399 9989 /
Cell: 073 297 9409

Marisa Burger
Tel: 012 399 9987

For media queries, contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871