JOHANNESBURG - Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says efforts are underway to choke what she's called the country's severe air pollution.
She said a panel of experts will look into any objections to these measures.
Creecy was speaking on Wednesday, ahead of her budget vote presentation to Parliament.
"South Africa continues to face severe air pollution in the three highly industrialised priority areas of Vaal Triangle, Highveld and the Waterberg-Bojanala areas.
"The regulations for implementing and enforcing priority area air quality management plans will be published before the end of 2022," she said.
"Given the complex nature of the issues raised in the appeals against the various decisions by the Department’s National Air Quality Officer in relation to requests for the suspension and postponement of compliance with the Minimum Emission Standards and the issuing of a Provisional Atmospheric Emission Licences, nominations have been invited for people to serve on a panel of experts to consider evidence presented and advise the Minister on the appeals.
"The government gazette inviting such nominations has already been issued."