There is no doubt that when it comes to Green Cities, there is a lot of work to still do. We are very proud to be part of this city and hopefully making a contribution to this great effort. Good Job Durban!
The City of eThekwini and Mossel Bay municipalities have been crowned the greenest municipalities in South Africa, respectively winning the overall prizes in the metro and local categories of the 5th Greenest Municipality Competition.
The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Barbara Thomson yesterday announced the winners of the 5th Greenest Municipality Competition where she reiterated the need for all municipalities to get involved for the betterment of the people’s lives by promoting environmental cleanliness in the areas.
Entrants were judged on areas including waste management, energy efficiency and conservation, water management, landscaping, tree planting and beautification, public participating and community empowerment, leadership and institutional arrangements presentation.
The overall winners will receive R3.5 million, the first runner up R3 million and the second runner up R2.5 million each, which will be given through funding of infrastructure projects aimed at the protection of the environment. The prize is tied to implementation of waste, climate change and green economy related job creation projects.
In the metro category, City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality scooped the prize for the first runner up and the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality came in as the second runner up. In the local category, Steve Tshwete Local Municipality emerged as the first runner up and the Intsika Yethu Local Municipality as the second runner up.
Addressing the awards, Thomson said that “municipalities are central to the success of any initiative that seeks to address the challenges of climate change. They have direct control over carbon emission because this is where the main GHG emitters (industry) are located. It is also where those most vulnerable to climate change effects reside (communities).
“It is critical therefore that our response to climate change effects must focus on opportunities in municipalities to avoid or mitigate negative impacts on the natural environment, communities and the infrastructure they depend on.”
Greenest Municipality Competition
The Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC) has evolved into a significant contributor towards a collective response to the challenges posed by climate change and the government’s course towards a sustainable future.
It focuses on sustainable development in areas such good waste management practices, efficient energy use, sustainable water use, public participation and best practice of municipal leadership.
The purpose of this year’s GMC is to showcase the projects funded through GMC prizes and also to afford other municipalities to engage and learn good practices from the winners and hopefully enter the next competition.
Thomson urged other municipalities which are still not participants of the GMC initiative to come on board it is part of the implementation of the country’s climate change response strategy. “It is therefore a very important initiative that demands the participation of every single municipality in the country,” she said.