South Africa: Minister of Environmental Affairs to Launch 5 “Asbestos – Free” Classrooms

The projects are part of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) efforts to eliminate exposure of communities to asbestos fibres

Theme: Environment

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr. Edna Molewa will officially open and handover 5 “asbestos- free” classrooms at Sealane Primary School and an 8 kilometre “asbestos-free” road at Mafefe village in Limpopo Province on Friday, 10 August 2018.Related image

The projects are part of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) efforts to eliminate exposure of communities to asbestos fibres. It is also an awareness raising initiative that aims to educate communities about the dangers of being exposed to asbestos. Scientific research has proved that exposure to asbestos causes diseases such as Asbestosis, lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma amongst others.Image result for Asbestos - Free” Classrooms images

In a quest to guarantee, safeguard, fulfil and protect communities from exposure to asbestos and its dangers, the DEA  promulgated regulations that prohibit the use, manufacturing, import and export of asbestos and asbestos containing materials.Related image The National Environmental Management Waste Act (NEMWA), Act No.59 of 2008 provides framework for management of contaminated land and is founded on polluter pay principle and Risk Base Approach.Related image

The five “asbestos-free” classrooms at Sealane Primary School have been furnished with desks that are manufactured from biomass from cleared Invasive Alien Plants and manufactured at the Department’s Working for Water Eco Furniture factory in Ga-Rankuwa.Image result for dela ahiawor

Media are invited to attend the event as follows:

Date:    10 August 2018

Time:   09:00

Venue: Sealane Primary School, Dublin, Mafefe Village, Limpopo Province

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