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Air pollution may occur biogenically from dust storms, ocean spray etc or anthropogenically from industrial emissions, vehicle emissions, sea traffic emissions, landfill sites or similar area sources and even from air traffic such as areoplanes.
Air pollution means any change in the environment caused by any substance emitted into the atmosphere from any activity, where that change has an adverse effect on human health or well-being or on the composition, resilience and productivity of natural or managed ecosystems, or on materials useful to people, or will have such an effect in the future. The municipality has a legal mandate to monitor priority pollutants in the ambient air. To do air quality management planning. To license sources of air pollution and monitor their compliance to the legal standards. Respond to public complaints and take enforcement action where necessary.

Disturbing noise from many sources may be intrusive to you. The municipal noise control unit can take action where complaints regarding disturbing noise or noise nuisance is considered to be a statutory noise offence. Unreasonable noise can emanate from residential or commercial premises and in such instances assessments are made where necessary as to whether action may be taken on behalf of the complainant. Advice is the offered on the situation and if the noise persists enforcement action is taken against those causing the nuisance.

Noise control can be contacted at: 041 506 5412 / 3
Noise pollution is the disturbing or excessive noise that may harm the activity or balance of human or animal life.In the legal context there are two types of noise pollution, namely a disturbing noise , which is a noise level that causes the ambient sound level to rise above the designated sound level, or if no sound level has been designated, a sound level that exceeds the ambient sound level by 7 DBA or more or that exceeds the typical rating levels for ambient noise in districts, indicated in table 2 of SANS 10103. A noise nuisance on the other hand is any sound which disturbs or impairs or may disturb or impair the convenience or peace of any person.

Noise control can be contacted at: 041 506 5412 / 3
Loud amplified music emanating from nightclubs, discotheques and residential premises.
Noise from refrigeration compressors, air conditioners, fan systems, power generators and pumps.
Noise from illegal workshops being conducted from residential premises.


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