The department of environmental affairs has named the 2017 winners of the annual Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC).
The Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC), which has replaced the country’s cleanest town competition, is made up of five main considerations, with participation open to all South African municipalities.
Factors considered by an independent panel of judges include: waste management; energy efficiency and conservation; water management; landscaping, tree planting and beautification; and public participation and institutional arrangements.
The overall winners of the competition will receive R3.5 million, with second and third receiving R3 million and R2.5 million, respectively. This prize money will be given through the funding of infrastructure projects aimed at protection of the environment.
Metropolitan municipality winners
|City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality (Gauteng)||Overall winner||R3.5 million|
|Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality (Free State)||First-runner up||R3.0 million|
|Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (Eastern Cape)||Second runner-up||R2.5 million|
Local municipality winners
|Polokwane Local Municipality (Limpopo)||Overall winner||R3.5 million|
|Govan Mbeki Municipality (Mpumalanga)||First runner-up||R3.0 million|
|Hessequa Local Municipality (Western Cape)||Second runner-up||R2.5 million|
Speaking at an awards ceremony in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, deputy minister of environmental affairs, Barbara Thomson highlighted the importance of local municipalities in embracing the concept of a green economy and their increasing adoption of long-term green policies.
“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 well-being of our environment,” she said.
“Waste management is a concurrent function amongst all spheres of government, with a clear mandate derived from constitution requirements of ensuring safe and healthy environment that is not harmful to the well-being of the citizens of the country.”