Air Quality Management Plan(AQMP)for the City of Tshwane

The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (CoT), situated in the Gauteng province is the largest metropolitan municipality in the country, comprising seven regions and 105 municipal wards. The metropolitan area is centred on the city of Pretoria.

Section 15(2) of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (NEM: AQA) (Act No. 39 on 2004) requires provinces and municipalities to develop an Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP), to be included in the Environmental Management Plan (EMP). In response, the City of Tshwane developed its first in 2008. Support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has enabled the CoT to review the existing and to compile a revised AQMP in 2019. 

 The GIZ awarded the tender to conduct the project d to conclude in March 2018. The main aim of the project is to review the current AQMP and to develop new objectives and strategies to guide air quality management in the CoT.

About the Air Quality Management Plan?

An AQMP should seek to give effect to Chapter 3 of the NEM: AQA. In other words, 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, transportation, residential fuel burning and agriculture; 
  • Give effect to best practice in air quality management; and 
  • Describe how implementation will be effected and measured.

AQMP Process Continued 

What does this background information document tell you?

The purpose of this Background Information Document (BID) is to provide stakeholders with a brief outline of the AQMP review process.

It also provides stakeholders with an invitation to register and to participate in the AQMP review.

Registration allows stakeholders to stay informed of the project progress as well as the opportunity as to raise issues and submit comments for inclusion in the AQMP.