Poor air quality kills

Poor air quality is commonly known for its contribution to, among others, respiratory and cardiac diseases. According to the World Health Organisation poor air quality kills people – causing an estimated 4.2 million premature deaths in 2016.

The World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June, under the theme “Beat Air Pollution”. The City of Ekurhuleni being an industrial hub, has deployed 10 Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations across the City to identify sources of potential harmful emissions.

Waste is also one of the many contributors to air pollution. The toxic substances in air contaminated by waste include carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane.

With the approaching winter season, residents are encouraged to think twice before burning any rubble as it also directly adds to the pollution.

Where sources of air pollution are identified, the City dispatches Air Quality Practitioners to the premises suspected as sources to evaluate compliance with the Air Quality Standards. The standards prescribe the acceptable level of pollutants that cannot be exceeded during a given time in a defined area.

The community can get involved by reporting any air pollution, or odour problems in their area to the following Air Quality Practitioners in their areas for intervention:

Region   Air Quality Practitioner Contact details Telephone


North Samukelo Shongwe Samukelo.Futshane@ekurhuleni.gov.za (011) 999 3525
South Edmund van Wyk Edmund.VanWyk@ekurhuleni.gov.za (011) 999 2470
East Flip Visser

Chris Kapp



(011) 999 8768

(011) 999 8759

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Pamela Vilakazi

Pamela Vilakazi is a recent Journalism graduate. Working for a community newspaper has allowed her to use her skill to educate, inform and uplift her community through the stories that she writes. Her interests are crime, politics, sports and entertainment.

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