The Greenest Municipalities Recognised

March 09, 2017 at 13:55 p.m

The Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs has recognized best performing municipalities in the 2016 Greenest Municipality Competition.  Initially known as the Cleanest Town Competition, the GMC was introduced in 2001 with a primary focus to implement the National Waste Management Strategy and the Climate Change Response Strategy.  It aims at promoting improved service by municipalities that would restore community pride and community commitment to care for their environment.

MEC VR Shongwe awarded the best performing municipalities at an event held at Ingwenyama outside White River on 17 November 2016. The GMC competition focus primarily to implement the National Waste Management Strategy and the Climate Change Response Strategy. The top 3 category winners were announced for the Best Water Management Practices, the Most Outstanding Practice in Waste Management, and the Best Greening Landscaping and Beautification Strategies. Bushbuckridge Local Municipality won R150-thousand.  The Overall winner, Goven Mbeki Municipality, won R100-thousand, while Nkomazi Local Municipality walked away with R75-thousand and R50-thousand for Emalahleni.  It was announced at the Awards ceremony that the City of Mbombela will compete and represent the province under the Metro Category at national level.

Seven key elements are identified as criteria for selection for the GMC, but for the top three winners in Mpumalanga, category winners were announced for the Best Water Management Practices, the Most Outstanding Practice in Waste Management, and the Best Greening Landscaping and Beautification Strategies.