DEDEAT empowers Kouga Municipality for a sustainable future

26 Jun 2024
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Pictured are (from left) Zanathemba Rasmesi (Kouga Superintendent: Waste), Christa Venter (Kouga Waste and Environmental Manager), Paulus Smit (Kouga Supervisor: Beaches), Mzonzima Madonela (DEDEAT:Messenger), Zikhona Sibondana (DEDEAT: Waste Management and Air Quality Officer), and Zungu Mene (Assistant Director – DEDEAT: Environmental Empowerment Services).

Pictured are (from left) Zanathemba Rasmesi (Kouga Superintendent: Waste), Christa Venter (Kouga Waste and Environmental Manager), Paulus Smit (Kouga Supervisor: Beaches), Mzonzima Madonela (DEDEAT:Messenger), Zikhona Sibondana (DEDEAT: Waste Management and Air Quality Officer), and Zungu Mene (Assistant Director – DEDEAT: Environmental Empowerment Services).

KOUGA – In a significant stride towards fostering environmental stewardship and sustainability, the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) has donated essential equipment to Kouga Municipality.

This initiative is part of the ongoing support for the Greenest Municipality Awards (GMA), aiming to motivate municipalities to enhance their performance in environmental management.

The donation underscores the commitment to a greener future and the importance of community involvement in environmental initiatives.

"The Greenest Municipality Awards not only recognize outstanding efforts but also inspire continuous improvement in environmental practices," said Acting Executive Mayor, Timothy Jantjes. "This support will enable us to further our mission of creating a sustainable and eco-friendly community."

The equipment handed over to Kouga Municipality includes:

  • 8 wheely bins
  • 30 waste tongs
  • 30 gloves
  • 30 masks
  • 20 reflector vests.

These tools will assist the municipality in managing waste more effectively and maintaining a cleaner, healthier environment for its residents.

Greenest Municipality Awards

The Greenest Municipality Awards (GMA) build upon the Cleanest Town Competition by incorporating new elements and aligning with global and national initiatives such as greening the nation and reducing greenhouse gases.

The core components of the GMA are:

  • Waste Management
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  • Water Management
  • Landscaping, Tree Planting, and Beautification
  • Public Participation and Community Empowerment
  • Leadership and Institutional Arrangements.

Participation in this prestigious annual competition is open to all South African municipalities, encouraging them to adopt green practices and transition smoothly to a Green Economy.

"The GMA is a powerful tool that drives municipalities to lead by example in environmental sustainability," Jantjes said. "Our participation not only enhances our environmental policies but also engages our community in meaningful ways."

The recent winners of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the GMA are:

  1. Sundays River Valley Municipality
  2. Kouga Municipality
  3. Ndlambe Municipality.

“The donation from DEDEAT to the municipality exemplifies the collaborative efforts required to achieve environmental sustainability,” said Jantjes. “By equipping municipalities with the necessary tools, the GMA promotes a culture of continuous improvement and community empowerment in environmental practices.

"Together, we can build a greener, more sustainable future for all."