Deputy Minister Sotyu to visit Pelonomi Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station in Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Free State
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 (SAQIS).
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.
Source: Government of South Africa