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Jeffreys Bay road wins gold at eco awards

25 September 2020

A Jeffreys Bay road was one of the big winners at the 9th annual Eco-Logic Awards, held on Monday (21 September). 

Woltemade Street, popularly referred to as the "plastic road", took gold in the Innovation category and silver in the Eco-build category at the prestigious awards, which recognise products, services and people who are taking effective action to protect and preserve our environment.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said the municipality was proud to have been partners in building Africa's first eco-friendly road, incorporating waste plastic. 

"We strongly believe that innovation is the key to keeping Kouga green and growing.

"The environment and economic growth go hand in hand, with the need for sustainable development opening up incredible opportunities for entrepreneurs, inventors and investors." 

The event included an address from the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, highlighting the economic and financial impact COVID-19  has had on South Africa’s conservation and tourism-based industries.  

She emphasised the need to focus on a nature-positive future as part of South Africa’s overall economic recovery, calling for investment in green and sustainable solutions.

The awards ceremony was livestreamed,  with guests plugging in from as far as London, Paris, New York, Australia and New Zealand, said David Parry-Davies, director of Enviropaedia and the Eco-Logic Awards.

The awards for Kouga's eco-friendly road were accepted by East Cape MPL, Vicky Knoetze, on behalf of the DA Eastern Cape.

Knoetze, who initiated the project, said she believed the recognition would make "a significant difference in transforming this pilot project into the generally accepted way of building roads in South Africa".