Durban - The city’s air pollution levels are currently higher than a standard required by the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
Data supplied by eThekwini Municipality for July showed the city frequently exceeded the recommended concentration of one-millionth of a gram per cubic metre of air for particulate matter less than 10 and 2.5 microns, such as dust, pollen, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets.
For July, levels were exceeded 14 times in the City Hall area. Over the South Durban Basin, measuring stations in Ganges recorded levels 26 times higher; Settlers 16 times and Wentworth 18 times.
“Air pollution is typically higher during the winter months as a result of stable conditions and very little rainfall,” said Princess Nkabane, eThekwini media communication’s officer.
“It is also noted that particulate matter is a regional pollutant and is not only generated within the area but also from outside eThekwini.”