Joburg, Polok­wane named as green­est mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties

Vuk'uzenzele - - Localggeonveerranlment -

a GrOw­iNG num­ber of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are em­brac­ing the con­cept of the green economy.

the City of Jo­han­nes­burg and Polok­wane in Lim­popo are the green­est mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in South Africa.

The Deputy Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs, Bar­bara Thom­son an­nounced the win­ners of the 7th Green­est Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Com­pe­ti­tion (GMC) in Bloem­fontein re­cently.

Deputy Min­is­ter Thom­son ac­knowl­edged the role played by South African mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in em­brac­ing the con­cept of 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 re­al­i­sa­tion that our pros­per­ity as a coun­try is in­ex­tri­ca­bly con­nected to the well-be­ing of our en­vi­ron­ment,” Deputy Min­is­ter Thom­son said.

The over­all win­ners will re­ceive R3.5 mil­lion, first run­ner-up R3 mil­lion and the sec­ond run­ner-up R2.5 mil­lion. The money will be dis­bursed through fund­ing of in­fra­struc­ture projects aimed at the pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment.

The prize is tied to waste, cli­mate change and green economy-re­lated job cre­ation projects.

The Man­gaung Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the Nel­son Man­dela Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­spec­tively won the first and sec­ond run­ner-up in the metro cat­e­gory, while the Go­van Mbeki Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the Hesse­qua Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity won the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity cat­e­gory.

“Fund­ing the com­pe­ti­tion is of greater strate­gic im­por­tance, as it helps to gal­vanise mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to ini­ti­ate projects that ad­dress their In­te­grated Devel­op­ment Plans and forge links with our Ex­tended Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme man­date of cre­at­ing tem­po­rary em­ploy­ment and of­fer­ing skills devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The Green­est Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Com­pe­ti­tion has evolved into a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor towards a col­lec­tive re­sponse to the chal­lenges posed by cli­mate change and gov­ern­ment’s course towards a sus­tain­able fu­ture. It fo­cuses on sus­tain­able devel­op­ment in ar­eas such as good waste man­age­ment prac­tices, ef­fi­cient en­ergy use, sus­tain­able wa­ter use, pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion and best prac­tice of mu­nic­i­pal leadership,” the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs said.

Deputy Min­is­ter Thom­son said the Green­est Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Com­pe­ti­tion con­trib­utes towards the coun­try’s col­lec­tive re­sponse to the chal­lenges posed by cli­mate change and South Africa’s path towards a sus­tain­able fu­ture.

The City of Joburg and Polok­wane were over­all win­ners at the 7th Green­est Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Com­pe­ti­tion.

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