eThekwini voted SA’s cleanest

2012-11-22 00:00

ETHEKWINI Municipality is the cleanest metro in the country.

This was announced at the Department of Environmental Affairs’ greenest municipality awards held in Johannesburg on Tuesday night.

The competition was divided into two categories — for metros and local municipality — and saw KwaZulu-Natal scoop two top spots. In the local municipality category, Newcastle came in second place, finishing closely behind Overstrand in the Western Cape.

eThekwini came in ahead of the City of Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality, which came third.

eThekwini spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng told The Witness yesterday they were pleased with the achievement.

“It shows that we are doing something good, and that it is being recognised,” said Mofokeng.

“We still remain one of the best run municipalities in the country,” he added.

Also jubilant with the recognition was Newcastle Mayor Afzul Rehman.

Speaking to the media after the announcement, he said: “This is the first year that Newcastle has entered and it is an achievement to have won this big.”

“We are the second cleanest town in South Africa,” Rehman enthused.

Mamiki Qabathe, the Free State MEC for Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, explained that the evaluation and judging process had been intense and rigorous. “Energy, waste, water, public participation and beautification were just some of the criteria that went into evaluating municipalities,” she said.

Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Rejoice Mabudafhasi congratulated all participating municipalities on taking the initiative to enter. “It is heartening to see new municipalities enter and win.” She urged municipalities to embrace the green initiative and make a difference in their areas.

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