14 Aug 2018 – Swartland Local Municipality won the first prize in the Category Local Municipalities. Awarded the amount of R 3.5 million. Deputy Minister Thomson announces winners of R18 million rand prizes for Greenest Municipality Competition
The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Ms Barbara Thomson has unveiled the winners of the 8th Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC), with the City of eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and the Swartland Local Municipality being crowned the greenest municipalities in South Africa, after winning the overall prizes in the Metro and Local categories, respectively.
The overall winners will receive R3.5 million; first runners up R3 million and the second runners up R2.5 million each, which will be given through funding of infrastructure projects aimed at protection of the environment. The prize is tied to implementation of Waste, Climate Change and Green Economy related projects that also create job opportunities for local communities.
Speaking at the awards ceremony on Tuesday night, Deputy Minister Thomson acknowledged the important role of municipalities in providing service delivery through public transport service, provision of electricity and waste management.
The Department of Environmental Affairs has identified was sector as key role player in achieving the goal of economic upliftment through job creation. It is for this reason that the Department is currently implement the National Waste Management Strategy, which aims to grow the waste economy in South Africa.
It is through the National Waste Management Strategy that government is geared to divert waste from landfill sites. “Moving waste away from landfills provides considerable social, economic and environmental opportunities as we take steps to adapt to climate change, job creation and enterprise development. This will not only provide access to valuable resources through development of the Circular Economy, but provide benefits such as reducing the environmental and social impacts of waste,” said Deputy Minister Thomson.
“I am encouraged by the fact that more and more South African municipalities are embracing the green economy by implementing long term sustainability policies and strategies in partnership with local communities. This is an important development for our country because it demonstrates an increasing awareness and realization that our prosperity as a country is inextricably connected to the wellbeing of our environment,” said Deputy Minister Thomson.
The awards ceremony was preceded by clean-up activities which aimed to raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution on the environment and oceans. It was during the clean-up activities that Deputy Minister Thomson called on all South Africans to lead a healthy life in a clean environment that will not harm wellbeing, by keeping the environment in a good state for the benefit of the current and the future generations.
Deputy Minister Thomson was joined by the Mpumalanga MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs Mr Vusi Shongwe and the Mayor of eThekwini Councillor Zandile Gumede.
|eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality||First prize||R 3.5 million|
|City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality||Second prize||R 3 million|
|Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality||Third prize||R 2.5 million|
|Swartland Local Municipality||First prize||R 3.5 million|
|Tzaneen Local Municipality||Second prize||R 3 million|
|Umlazi Local Municipality||Third prize||R 2.5 million|
Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC)
The Cleanest Town Competition (CTC) was initiated in 2001 with a primary focus in implementing the National Waste Management Strategy. The key elements were reducing, recycling and reusing waste materials. Although the Cleanest Town Competition was fairly successful in achieving its primary objectives, developments within the greening movement require the modifications of the concept to embody other elements which are outside the waste management category.
The incorporation of new elements is justifiable within a new name, hence the Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC). The Greenest Municipality Competition enhances Cleanest Town Competition by incorporating new elements and providing a broader focus. The Greenest Municipality Competition will link to other global and national initiatives, e.g. green goal, greening the nation, reducing greenhouse gases, amongst others.The Greenest Municipality Competition consists of five core elements, namely:
- Waste Management;
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation;
- Water Management;
- Landscaping, tree planting and beautification;
- Public Participation and Community Empowerment; and
- Leadership and Institutional Arrangements.
Participation in this annual competition is open to all South African municipalities
Sources include –
- Councillor Michael Rangasamy – Ward 5 Councillor, Darling
Councillor Rangasamy reminds us that Swartland Municipality has achieved 7 Clean Audits in a row and is working on Blue Flag status for Yzerfontein beach.