Press Advisory - 21 May 2003

National civil society organisations to deliberate National Environmental Management:Air Quality Bill

On Friday and Saturday this week (23rd and 24th May 2003) civil society organisations from around the country will be gathering in Cape Town to deliberate the merits of the new National Environmental Management: Air Quality Bill.

More than 30 civil society groupings will be participating in the workshop, including representatives from pollution hot spots such as Secunda, Sasolburg, south Durban, Richards Bay, Vanderbijlpark, Boipatong, and Table View (Cape Town).

The main outcome of this workshop will be a joint civil society submission on this Bill, which will be presented to the relevant government institutions and constituency representatives in parliament. On the conclusion of the workshop a joint press release will be formulated which will be distributed on Sunday, in time for the Monday morning news.

This workshop is being jointly organised by the Contact Trust and groundWork.

Should you wish to attend some or all of this workshop, the details are as follows:

Venue: Contact Trust, 10th floor Dumbarton House, 1 Church Street, Cape Town

Dates: Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th May 2003

Times: 9am to 4pm on both days


Friday 23rd May 2003

09h00 Welcome & introductions

09h30 Presentations by D.E.A.T.

12h30 Lunch

13h30 Presentation by Dr Eugene Cairncross

14h30 Presentation by Angela Andrews

15h30 Community inputs


Saturday 24th May 2003

09h00 – 16h00 Workshopping of key issues and drafting of submission

If you would like to attend this workshop or if you would like more to receive more information about it, please contact Ardiel Soeker from groundWork on 021-448 8814 or 082 940 8669.