Minister Barbara Creecy to handover XRF lead analyser-testing equipment to the Department Of Health

26 October 2022


The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms Barbara Creecy, will on Friday, 28 October 2022, handover lead-analysing testing equipment to the Department of Health as part of government’s efforts to monitor and restrict harmful lead-based paint and other products from entering the country.

Exposure to high levels of lead may cause anaemia, weakness, kidney and brain damage, and death. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), lead exposure caused nearly half a million deaths in 2016 and the majority of these deaths occurred in low and middle-income developing countries.

The handover event forms part of the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness campaign, which serves to remind governments, civil society organisations, health practitioners and industry of the unacceptable risks of lead exposure and need for action.

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has procured testing equipment which will be placed at the various ports of entry (borders) to enhance efforts to confiscate any suspected and non-compliant products. Minister Creecy will be joined by the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, who will receive the equipment on behalf of the Department of Health.

Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:

Date: Friday, 28 October 2022
Time: 09:00
Venue: Southern Sun, OR Tambo International Airport

To RSVP, contact: 
Noma Bolani
Cell: 066 112 3742
E-mail: or

Simphiwe Mnikina
Cell: 082 955 4122

For media enquiries, contact:
Albi Modise: Spokesperson: DFFE
Cell: 083 490 2871 or

Foster Mohale – Health Department Spokesperson
Cell: 072 432 3792

Issued Jointly by the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and the Environment and the Department Of Health.