Municipal Health Services & Air Quality Management Overview

Municipal Health Services forms part of the bigger umbrella of Environmental Health Services.
The National Environmental Health Policy published by National Department of Health in Notice 951 of 4 December 2013 defines Environmental Health as follows:
 
Environmental Health encompasses those aspects of human health, including quality of life that is determined by physical, chemical, biological, social and psychosocial factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing, correcting, controlling and preventing those factors in the environment that can potentially affect adversely the health of present and future generations.
 
The constitution of South Africa determined Municipal Health Services to be a local government function and the National Health Act, 2003 (Act 61 of 2003) requires every District and Metropolitan municipality to ensure that appropriate Municipal Health Services are effectively and equitably provided in its area of responsibility.
 
The National Health Act, 2003 (Act 61 of 2003) further more determines Municipal Health Services to include the following:
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Food Control
  • Waste Management
  • Health Surveillance of Premises
  • Surveillance and Prevention of Communicable Diseases, excluding immunisation
  • Vector Control
  • Environmental Pollution Control
  • Disposal of Human Remains
  • Chemical Safety
BUT excl. Port Health, Malaria Control and control of Haz. Substances

Air Quality Management

Access to a clean environment (including air) is a fundamental right of every South African according to section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. The Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitution states that South Africans have the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being. To enable and give effect to this right, the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, Act 39 of 2004(NEM:AQA) were promulgated to create mechanisms through which control over air quality in South Africa can be exercised with the National Framework for Air Quality Management  developed to achieve the objectives of NEM:AQA.

NEM:AQA and the National management framework assign a strong mandate for air quality management to municipalities.

CWDM Air Quality Management Plan

To implement the statutory obligations as outlined in NEM:AQA, the CWDM developed a district specific air quality management plan (AQMP) as part of their integrated implementation plans.  The plan is a strategic plan with a vision and mission, supported by short and longer-term goals and objectives for the implementation of the defined management measures. The 2018 CWDM Air Quality Management Plan – access it here.

Air Quality Management Functions

As atmospheric licensing authority, the CWDM manages all aspects of Section 21 Listed Activities Atmospheric Emission Licensing (AEL) plus the compliance monitoring of the respective licensing conditions. Furthermore, the municipality manage all facilities with equipment declared as Section 23 controlled emitters.

Effective air quality management requires effective engagement and collaboration between various spheres of government. The CWDM follows an integrated approach with the five local municipalities and DEA&DP Directorate: Air Quality Management in mutually addressing air quality management within the CWDM.

Atmospheric Emission License

For the undertaking of activities listed in terms of section 21 of the NEM: AQA, an application must be lodged via the South African Atmospheric Emission Licensing Portal (SAAELIP) and with the CWDM.

Controlled Emitter

  • Registration – Application in terms of Government Notice 831 of 1 November 2013, Declaration of a Small Boiler as a Controlled Emitter.
  • Registration – Application in terms of Government Notice 201 of 28 March 2014, Declaration of a Temporary Asphalt Plants as a Controlled Emitter.

Contact us for more information:

Randall J Humphreys
Deputy Director: Municipal Health Services

MHS REGIONAL OFFICES:

BREEDE VALLEY WORCESTER

Cecil J Bostander

Chief Environmental Health Practitioner

LANGEBERG ROBERTSON

Surene L Grootboom

Chief Environmental Health Practitioner

WITZENBERG CERES

Theresa P Davids

Chief Environmental Health Practitioner

DRAKENSTEIN PAARL

Colin R Petersen

Chief Environmental Health Practitioner

STELLENBOSCH

Fabian C van Wyk

Senior Environmental Health Practitioner

AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT

Marius Engelbrecht

Air Quality Officer

Download all Municipal Health Services and Air Quality documents below:

Municipal Health Services

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Municipal Health Services

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GN 201 of 28 March 2014 – Declaration of a Temporary Asphalt Plants as a Controlled Emitter

The National Framework for Air Quality Management in the Republic of South Africa require the relevant authority to manage all controlled emitters within their jurisdiction. Operators of a Temporary Asphalt Plants must register the plant with the relevant local authority.

GN 831 of 1 November 2013- Declaration of boilers with design capacities of between 10 to 50 megawatts net heat input as controlled emitter

The National Framework for Air Quality Management in the Republic of South Africa require the relevant authority to manage all controlled emitters within their jurisdiction. Operators of boilers declared as controlled emitters must register these boilers with the relevant local authority.

National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act

Section 37(10) require Atmospheric Emission License

For the undertaking of activities listed in terms of section 21 of the NEM: AQA, an application must be lodged via the South African Atmospheric Emission Licensing Portal (SAAELIP) and with the CWDM.

GN R363 of 22 May 2013: Regulations relating to the Management of Human Remains
The disinterment or removal of human remains shall be carried out under the supervision of an Environmental Health Practitioner of the relevant health authority in whose area of jurisdiction the human remains are buried

GN R363 of 22 May 2013: Regulations relating to the Management of Human Remains
The disinterment or removal of human remains shall be carried out under the supervision of an Environmental Health Practitioner of the relevant health authority in whose area of jurisdiction the human remains are buried

GN R363 of 22 May 2013: Regulations relating to the Management of Human Remains
An application for the issue or transfer of a certificate of competence shall be made in writing by the applicant or his authorized representative to the local government in whose area of jurisdiction the funeral undertaker’s premises or mortuary is
located

GN R363 of 22 May 2013: Regulations relating to the Management of Human Remains
An application for the issue or transfer of a certificate of competence shall be made in writing by the applicant or his authorized representative to the local government in whose area of jurisdiction the funeral undertaker’s premises or mortuary is
located

GN R363 of 22 May 2013: Regulations relating to the Management of Human Remains
No person shall prepare or store any human remains except on approved funeral undertaker’s premises or mortuary in respect of which a certificate of competence, has been issued by the relevant local government, and is in effect.

Download all Air Quality Management documents below:

Air Quality Management

Download all Air Quality Management documents Below

Air Quality Management

Download all Air Quality Management documents Below

GN 201 of 28 March 2014 – Declaration of a Temporary Asphalt Plants as a Controlled Emitter

The National Framework for Air Quality Management in the Republic of South Africa require the relevant authority to manage all controlled emitters within their jurisdiction. Operators of a Temporary Asphalt Plants must register the plant with the relevant local authority.

GN 831 of 1 November 2013- Declaration of boilers with design capacities of between 10 to 50 megawatts net heat input as controlled emitter

The National Framework for Air Quality Management in the Republic of South Africa require the relevant authority to manage all controlled emitters within their jurisdiction. Operators of boilers declared as controlled emitters must register these boilers with the relevant local authority.

National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act

Section 37(10) require Atmospheric Emission License

For the undertaking of activities listed in terms of section 21 of the NEM: AQA, an application must be lodged via the South African Atmospheric Emission Licensing Portal (SAAELIP) and with the CWDM.

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