SA pushes ozone layer protection

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Johannesburg - South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has amended regulations designed to protect the ozone layer.

On the occasion of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Deputy Minister Makhotso Sotyu said measures had been put in place to monitor and control imports and exports of substances that caused ozone depletion.

“In an effort to ensure that we close the potential gaps in illegal trade, an amendment of the Regulations Regarding the Phasing-out and Management of Ozone Depleting Substances has been undertaken,” said Sotyu. 

The deputy minister added that the government of South Africa was actively involved in the international lobby to protect the ozone layer.

“We are hopeful that despite the very difficult circumstances we face the world over, our contribution and leadership will help in guiding the ozone family to making important decisions,” Sotyu added.

South Africa currently holds the presidency of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment and co-chaired the 2020 Open Ended-Working Group Meeting.

The United Nations declared September 16 as World Ozone Day in 1994 following the signing of the Montreal Protocol, which aims to protect the ozone layer by taking measures to control the total global production and consumption of ozone depleting substances.

This year the day was themed “Ozone for Life”.

 

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