Cape Town authorities have announced plans to manage and improve local air quality with a special focus on reducing polluting diesel vehicle emissions. To this end the city council is offering free diesel exhaust emission testing at selected sites across the city. The aim of the tests is to educate the public concerning the effects of diesel exhaust emissions on human health and to encourage diesel vehicle owners to switch to cleaner fuels.

Free emission testing is being carried out as follows: on 19 April, off Voortrekker Road, in front of the cemetery, Kylemore, and in the parking area in front of Bellville Sports Stadium, Hardekraaltjie (09.30-15.00); 20 April, Bosmansdam Road, Montague Gardens, and in the parking area opposite Suburban Spares, Maitland (09.30-12.30); 21 April, Royal Road, Muizenberg, and on the M5 near Kenilworth Centre, South Bound (09.30-15.00); 24 April, Western Boulevard, Green Point, and Klipfontein Road next to Athlone Stadium (09.30-15.00); 25 April, Vanguard Drive, Mitchells Plain, and Old Paarl Road, Brackenfell (09.30-15.00); 26 April, Modderdam Road, Bellville (09.30-12.30). See also the City of Cape Town website www.capegateway.gov.za for details.