Air Quality Management Plan(AQMP)

In accordance with Section 15(2) of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (NEM: AQA) (Act No. 39 on 2004), the Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation is required to develop and Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP). With the assistance of co-funding from Kumba Iron Ore, the Department of Environment and Nature Conservation are able to develop their first AQMP in 2017.

An AQMP is a strategic document that will assist Northern Cape to achieve air quality management goals in a structured, coordinated and measured manner. 

It should seek to give effect to Chapter 3 of the NEM: AQA. It must:  

  • Either improve poor air quality or maintain the air quality status where it is good;
  • Identify and reduce the negative impact of air pollution on human health and the environment; 
  • Address the effects of emissions from sources such as industry, mining, residential fuel burning and agriculture; 
  • Give effect to best practice in air quality management; and 
  • Describe how implementation will be effected and measured.  

We want to know what you think?

The Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation is seeking views on the development of an Air Quality Management Plan for the Province. 

This stakeholder consultation applies to the five district municipalities of Francis Baard, John Taolo, Namakwa, Pixley ka Seme and ZF Mgcawu. 

The following documents will be made available on this website over the course of the project, including the background information document, the draft baseline assessment and the draft air quality management plan.


The AQMP project for Northern Cape involves a number of steps, namely:

  • Stakeholder participation
  • Status quo assessment
  • Identify air quality management gaps and issues
  • Develop intervention strategies
  • Develop action plans
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Why are we engaging in Public Participation?

Clean air is essential for ensuring that the Northern Cape is a healthy and prosperous place for residents. 

Stakeholder participation aims to ensure that all air quality issues are identified and that interventions are appropriate and the implementation is successful.