Kereemang is an air quality researcher pursuing her Masters at Stellenbosch University under the supervision of Prof. Susanne Fietz.

45 PM sensors (for continuous monitoring) and 25 Ultrasonic Personal Air Sampler (UPAS) units are being used across the Western Cape province as part of the one-year (2023-2024) project titled ‘The geochemical characterization and morphology of fine inhalable particles in residential areas of the Western Cape, South Africa’ that seeks to identify pollutant elements and emission sources. Its goals include addressing air quality data gaps for the scientific community, presenting scientific evidence to municipal and policy stakeholders on the community’s health impact due to poor air quality, and contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By fostering partnerships with the government and entities like Mine Dust Network, National Association for Clean Air, AfriqAir and African Society for Air Quality, they aim to establish a permanent air quality monitoring network. This network will include a mix of monitoring equipment like reference-grade monitors, low-cost sensors and ultrasonic personal air samplers. This is the most fundamental requirement for the formulation of policies and testing its effectiveness post implementation of policies.

Country Profile (South Africa): Opportunity Score 7.4 (Medium): Annual average PM2.5 levels are more than 4 times the WHO guideline. There is no public PM2.5 data produced by the government, but there is a national ambient air quality standard for PM2.5.