THE Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium recently launched the Green Hub initiative, as part of the stadium’s continuing efforts to improve its environmental management commitment.This initiative aims at engaging and empowering the community about suitable environmental practices through the conservation of resources.The first phase of the initiative commenced in July this year and is currently operating in full swing. According to Mpho Mokonyama, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium manager, innovation and community development are always at the top of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium’s list. “As part of the stadium’s environmental management commitment, we have decided to launch the Green Hub initiative. The overall vision of the project is to reach out to the community, connect individuals and organisations, as well as groups working with conservation to form a web of learning, sharing, action and opportunity,” Mokonyama said.The initiative is said to be beneficial for the stadium and the community at large. It will provide a platform which will create job opportunities, community engagement and alleviation of hunger through the envisaged vegetable garden. Mokonyama added, “The Green Hub initiative invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of pollution. “It is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat environmental challenges of our time. We also have a responsibility to ensure that the planet remains unspoilt for future generations.” According to Mokonyama, this strategic direction will ensure that the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is used to its full potential.“The creation and cultivation of positive relationships with stakeholders through the appropriate management, is what we are also aiming for. However, we are calling upon all corporates and various stakeholders to partner with us in this project and ensure project success,” Mokonyama explained.This initiative is partially funded by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (operator of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium) and its partners, The Waste Trade Company.