Setsoto LM was invited to the Free State Cleanest and Greenest Municipality Competition Awards which was held on the evening of 3 March 2017 at Phillip Sanders resort. The invitation was extended to the Executive Mayor; Municipal Manager and two Officials. Most of the municipalities which entered the competition were present as a way of recognition for respecting roles in conserving natural resources and cleaning our environment.
In line with the National Waste Management Strategy that was initiated by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), the Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA) maintains a concept on clean, safe and healthy environment for current and future generations. It is of cardinal importance that the implementation of capacitating programmes in municipalities for local government support is activated. The Cleanest and Greenest Municipality Competition Awards is in line with this mandate.
The competition aims to encourage and ensure sustainable development by creating job opportunities through the practice of appropriate and effective greening, cleaning, recycling and other waste management programmes as well as supporting local municipalities within the context of this project to promote best practises in environmental management through capacity building
The objectives of the competition were the following:
- To promote a clean and healthy environment through greening, cleaning and beautification exercises.
- To create employment of annual contract workers to promote the concept of Community Parks by involving the youth within the concept of the National Youth Service Corporations (NARYSEC); Youth Jobs in Waste and the Youth Environment Service (YES)
- To create clean living spaces by inspiring communities to clean-up, fix up and conserve their environment.
- To change attitudes by raising awareness and educating the Free State communities on good waste management practices and encourage local municipalities to take part in the minimisation of waste in their towns and townships by participating in greening initiatives.
MEC for DESTEA, Dr. Benny Malakoana delivered the key note address as well as handing over the awards to deserving municipalities. In his keynote address he said: “There is a problem of environmentally unfriendly towns and municipalities and how patrons easily pick up bad habits that are destroying our environment.” The MEC stressed that, “these negative behaviours play a part in the preservation or destruction of our environments, thus the need to teach the next generation about greening and cleaning of their own settlements in order to make our environment healthier to live in.
Setsoto Local Municipality received a first (1st) runner up award for Best Municipality in Job Creation Through Environmental Projects. This confirms that Setsoto Local Municipality is adhering to the call by both National and Provincial Government for job creation. Furthermore, Setsoto LM is dedicated to work hard to promote sustainable development through maintaining safe, clean and healthy environment for the residents. The award ceremony was attended by the MMC Finance: Councillor Koalane; Municipal Manager: Mr. STR Ramakarane; Director Development Planning and Social Security: Mohau Ntheli and the Official responsible for Environmental Management (Appointed on contract as Landfill site Supervisor): Me Nthai Ngwepe.