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South Africa: Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi Announces the Winners of the Greenest Municipalities Awards in KwaZulu Natal
Source: Issued by: Department of Environmental Affairs
Source Date: Monday, July 08, 2013
Focus: Citizens’ Service Delivery
Country: South Africa
Created: Jul 08, 2013

She further said “the Department of Environmental Affairs has conducted numerous studies that have clearly illustrated the capacity constraints that are experienced by Municipalities, in delivering waste services in Landfill operations, Waste collection planning and administration and refuse collection. We have a plan to bridge the capacity gap by involving community members, as partners and ambassadors, in the process of solving the environmental challenges in general and waste challenges in particular”.
“The low levels of capacity in municipalities present an excellent opportunity for creation of jobs, on the job training, continuous up-skilling as well as enterprise development for the youth. An estimated 3 577 jobs will be created by placing young people in Municipalities, where they will work as: Landfill Site Assistants; Waste Collection Administrators; and Environmental Awareness Educators” said Mabudafhasi.
The Department awards prizes according to two categories namely; the Metropolitan Municipality and Local Municipality which are awarded first, second and third prizes. The prize money has to be utilised for projects that promote environmental related projects and Green Economy initiatives. A total of 111 metropolitan and local municipalities have competed for the awards and the following emerged victorious:
Metropolitan Municipality
Position Prize Money Winning Metro
The Overall Winner R3,5 million Ekurhuleni
First Runner Up R3 million Ethekwini
Second Runner Up R2,5 million City of Cape Town

Local Municipality
Position Prize Money Winning Municipality
The Overall Winner R3,5 million Greater Tzaneen
First Runner Up R3 million Newcastle
Second Runner Up R2,5 million Drakenstein
Prior to the announcement of the awards, the Deputy Minister handed over the R7,5 million Buy Back Centre and Composting Facility to eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in KwaMashu. The project has to date provided employment to 100 people around KwaMashu and its implementation has promoted the idea of SMME development.

To access Deputy Minister's speeches, please follow the links below.
https://www.environment.gov.za/mabudafhasi_awards_greenestmunicipalities
https://www.environment.gov.za/mabudafhasis_handover_buybackcentre
For media enquiries:
Albi Modise on 0834902871
Or
Peter Mbelengwa on 082 611 8197
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