Mu­nic­i­pal green­ing

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Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across the coun­try are set to go greener with the in­tro­duc­tion of a new na­tional strat­egy.

The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries has de­vel­oped the na­tional green­ing strat­egy, which aims to as­sist mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to de­velop green­ing plans at lo­cal level, and to en­sure that green­ing is in­cluded in the In­te­grated De­vel­op­ment Plans (IDPs).

Speak­ing at the launch of Na­tional Ar­bor Week at Cedarville Town Hall in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape on Fri­day, Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries Min­is­ter Sen­zeni Zok­wana said the green­ing strat­egy will sup­port lo­cal gov­ern­ment, NGOs, commu- nity based or­gan­i­sa­tions and the cor­po­rate sec­tor to ini­ti­ate and im­ple­ment green­ing in­ter­ven­tions.

“This ini­tia­tive came as a re­sult of ad­dress­ing the way ser­vices were pro­vided in the pre­vi­ous dis­pen­sa­tion, where more af­flu­ent ar­eas were pro­vided for in terms of green­ing ser­vices, whereas the pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas, such as town­ships, were not catered for.

“The main fo­cus of the green­ing strat­egy is to up­lift pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas, while main­tain­ing and pro­tect­ing trees and other el­e­ments of green­ing in ar­eas where they al­ready ex­ist,” Min­is­ter Zok­wana said.

– SAnews.gov.za

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