Ten years since 31‚000km² of the heavily polluted Mpumalanga highveld was declared a priority area‚ air quality in the area remains poor, a new report says.The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), Groundwork and the Highveld Environmental Justice Network published a report on the issue this week.In 2007‚ Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the minister of environmental affairs and tourism at the time, declared the Mpumalanga highveld‚ then home to about 3.6-million people‚ a "priority area" in terms of the Air Quality Act. The department said at the time that "people living and working in these areas do not enjoy air quality that is not harmful to their health and wellbeing"‚ as required by section 24 of the Constitution.The CER said its conclusions were that‚ a decade after the declaration‚ air quality in the area remained poor and did not comply with health-based national ambient air quality standards.Major towns like eMalahleni‚ Middelburg‚ Secunda‚ Standerton‚ Edenvale‚ Boksburg and Beno...

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