Msunduzi snubs green competition

2010-11-25 00:00

IT has emerged that the Msunduzi Municipality did not enter uMgungundlovu District Municipality’s (UMDM) Greenest Municipality competition, which could explain why it also did not participate in the KwaZulu-Natal Greenest Municipality competition won by Newcastle Municipality.

The award ceremony of this competition was held in Mtubatuba in northern KZN recently.

Out of the 61 municipalities in the province, 59 were assessed with the exception of eThekwini Metro and Msunduzi Municipality.

eThekwini Metro will be assessed along with other metros during the national leg of the competition.

The competition’s name has been changed from “Cleanest Town” to the “Greenest Municipality” as it takes into account judgment on approaches toward waste management, energy efficiency and conservation, water management, landscaping, tree planting, beautification, public participation, community empowerment, leadership and institutional arrangement.

An inside source from UMDM said: “I think that Msunduzi Municipality does not see any value in participating in this competition because they were not part of it from the start, when all the other local municipalities had entered.”

The source said such competitions are important as municipalities are able to share the challenges they face in ensuring cleanliness within their cities.

Msunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr said: “I did not even know about this competition and I need to consult with some people within the municipality to find out why we did not enter …”

He said: “If we are truly proud of our city, then we need to participate in such competitions”.

Newcastle Mayor Afzul Rehman said: “We take this competition very seriously because we want to ensure service delivery to our community. It was not an easy road for us because we were assessed on various issues.

“We are proud to be overall winners, because this means that we are going represent the province in the national competition,” said Rehman.

He expressed his gratitude to the municipal officials, councillors involved and every single resident of Newcastle, “because without them the municipality would not have won the competition”.

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