Bay lauded in green awards

R3m prize may be used to clean up Swartkops River

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has received a big pat on the back for its environmental conservation initiatives, earning the city the runner-up award for the greenest metropolitan municipality in the country.

Neslon Mandela Bay will receive a R3-million cash prize from the Environmental Affairs Department which it hopes to use either to clean up Port Elizabeth’s filthy Swartkops River, or to fix leaking taps in the metro’s schools, among other plans.

The first prize – R3.5-million – was awarded to the City of Johannesburg, and the Mogalakwena Municipality in Limpopo was the winner in the local municipality category.

The announcements were made by Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Thomson, at a Greenest Municipality Competition awards ceremony in Tzaneen on Wednesday.

The Bay’s acting head of public health, Joram Mkosana, said the award served as acknowledgement that the metro had made massive strides in matters pertaining to climate change.

-Rochelle de Kock 

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