Greenest Municipality Awards ceremony 2018

Event date: 
2018-08-14 07:00 to 21:30

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Aims and objectives
About Greenest Municipaity Competition (GMC)
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The Department of Environmental Affairs has introduced and runs the Greenest Municipality Competition (The GMC) which encourages municipalities as the coal face of service delivery to adopt green practices which ensure a seamless transition to Green Economy. The GMC, which was previously known as the Cleanest Town Competition (CTC), primarily focuses on the implementation of the National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) and the Climate Change Response Policy. This included principles of reducing, reusing and recycling waste materials and introduction of renewable energy initiatives.


Aims and objectives

The GMC needs to address environmental protection, social upliftment and economic growth. This also forms part of the recommendations of the 2006/2007 CTC report. This is a move from a predominantly environmental focus to sustainable development focus.

In the main, the criteria for the GMC incorporate elements such as water management, energy efficiency, tree planting, landscaping, beautification, public participation and institutional arrangement and leadership in the municipality. This was done to address environmental protection, social upliftment and economic growth.


GMC competition

The department successfully evaluated and conferred prizes to municipalities that participated in the Greenest Municipalities Competition (Cleanest Town Competition is the forerunner).  The running of the competition has assisted both DEA and the municipalities to comply with the NEMA legislations as well as practically introducing and sustaining projects that aims to conserve and protect the environment. 

Most of the projects were implemented with a labour intensive approach through the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP).  This initiative saw members from different households gaining temporary employment, this provided opportunities for beneficiaries to utilize remuneration gained to alleviate some of their economic challenges whilst others gained skills that helped them to sell their labour to prospective employers or to start Small Micro and Macro Enterprises (SMME).

The GMC is conducted through a highly competent panel of persons with extensive knowledge of environmental issues and it is a combination which consists of officials from the Environmental Affairs, Provincial departments and from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure a credible, legitimate and fair adjudication process.


Programme / event schedule

Deputy Minister Thomson will lead a clean-up campaign ahead of Greenest Municipality Awards ceremony as follows:

Date: 14 July 2018
Time: 10:00
Venue: Mangroves Nature Reserve North Beach, Durban

Greenest Municipality Competition Awards Ceremony is set to take place as follows:

Date: 14 July 2018
Time: 18:00
Venue: Southern Sun, Elangeni, Durban





Arrival of the DEA DM, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, eThekwini Metro Cllr Nkosenhle Madlala, Cllr Khuzwayo, Cllr Busi Ndlovu and Musa Mbhele Head of Economic Development and Planning at the Morning Briefing


Welcome by Cllr Nkosenhle Madala – eThekwini Metropolitan


Background on Buyback Centres: Mr Nhlanhla Khumal - DEA


Remarks by Deputy Minister, Ms Barbara Thomson


Members divide themselves into 2 groups for clean-up:

  1. Mangrooves (Durban North) &
  2. CBD Maritime


Collection of recyclables from the clean-up sites by Wesmead Buyback Centre & eThekwini Metro employees


Driving to Wemead and Claremont Buyback centres – Political Principals, media and officials


Site visits to  Wemead and Claremont Buyback centres – Political Principals, media and officials


Lunch served at Roof Top Garden – No. 77 Monte Naicker street (Political Principals)


Venue: Briefing session at Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel Holding Room

Time: 17h00 – 17h30

PART 2 Programme Director: Mr Albi Modise


Arrival  of the DEA OM, Mpumalanga MEC Vusi Shongwe, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, Msunduzi Deputy Mayor Thobani Zuma, Umdoni Deputy Mayor Sibongile Khathi, Harry Gwala  Deputy Mayor Maphasa Duma, Musina Local Municipality Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, Musina Speaker Gilbert Netshisaulu, Musina Chief Whip Fistos Mafela, Umlalazi Local Municipality Mayor  T.B. Zulu, Ethekwini Metro Cllr Nkosenhle Madlala, Msunduzi Wd 34 Cllr Mike Amod, Ray Nkonyeni Cllr Nair/Lubanyana, National Assembly Basic Education Portfolio Committee Chairperson Nomalungelo Ngina, Steve Tshwete MMC J. Matshiane, Nelson Mandela Bay MMC  Lance Grootboom, Swartland MMC Marlene van Zyl, Tzaneen Local Municipality Cllr Lettie Hlangwane,  GMC Panelists, officials from DEA, COGTA and from different Municipalities.


Briefing by Panelist Ms Snowy Makhudu


Question and Answers by Political Principals


Program Director requests Political Princpals to move to the main venue


Venue: Briefing session at Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel Holding Room

Time: 18h00 – 21h00

PART 3 Programme Director: Mr Musa Mbhele and Mr Albi Modise


Opening Remarks by Programme Director: Mr Albi Modise


Introduction of VIP


Welcoming remarks  by eThekwini Executive Mayor, Cllr Zandile



Starters to be served


Challenges faced by Local & Metropolitan Municipalities in keeping our towns clean by: Panelist Mr. Russell Baloyi


Entertainment by Claremont  Choir


What is the perspective of a clean town or city?

Invite the DM to the podium by:MEC for Agriculture,  Rural Development, and Environmental Affairs, Vusi Shongwe


Interaction with stakeholders by the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Ms Barbara  Thomson


Announcement of Greenest Municipality Competition Awards by Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson, MEC Vusi Shongwe, Msunduzi Deputy Mayor Thobani Zuma, Umdoni Deputy Mayor Sibongile Khathi and Harry Gwala Deputy Mayor Maphasa-Duma


Vote of Thanks by Deputy Director-General, DEA, Mr Mark Gordon


Dinner is served


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