KwaDukuza Municipality gets R1m for winning cleanest town competition

KwaDukuza Municipality walked away R1 million richer after being named the winner of the greenest municipality competition at the awards ceremony at the ICC in Durban this week.

Organized by the Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism and the Environment, the competition began in 2001 with a focus on the implementation of the national waste management strategy, in particular on the reduction, recycling and reuse of waste.

The competition is open to all municipalities, but with strict criteria.

Municipalities need to provide a good waste management plan, policies and strategies, as well as make progress in political lobbying for environmental programs and greening initiatives.

Last year, KwaDukuza Municipality also won R1 million at the same event after winning first place in the Urban Municipality category.

“The municipality will channel the prize money into waste management initiatives,” Mayor Lindi Nhaca said.

“The municipality recognizes that there is still a long way to go when it comes to waste management, but its efforts and strategies have been praised.

She said there is still a lot to be done in the whole KwaDukuza region to rid it of waste and illegal dumping.

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