Mossel Bay won the annual Greenest Local Municipality competition in the Western Cape for the second consecutive year. This was announced at a function in Stellenbosch on 3 November 2014.
Mossel Bay snatched the first prize of R130 000 for 2014 away from sixteen participating local municipalities out of 24 local municipalities in the Western Cape. Mossel Bay will now also represent the Western Cape in the national competition for greenest municipalities.
Apart from being the overall winner, Mossel Bay also won the categories for Air Quality Management and Leadership, Compliance, Institutional Arrangements and Public Participation.
The Hessequa Municipality was the first runner up while Knysna came third in the category for local municipalities. The Eden District Municipality won the category for district municipalities out of four participating district municipalities.
“We are of course very proud of this latest achievement of the Municipality as the competition is getting tougher by the day. To have been the winner twice and runner up once in the four years that the competition has been held, is proof of the Municipality’s commitment to the environmentally friendly management of our beautiful town.
“The competition is judged according to strict criteria which cover waste management, energy efficiency and conservation, biodiversity management, coastal management and beautification, water management and conservation, air quality management and leadership, compliance, institutional arrangements and public participation.
“This could only have been achieved through an excellent team effort involving everybody, from the Municipal Manager, Dr Michele Gratz and the management team of the Municipality through to the most junior person at the Municipality. They must all receive the credit for this achievement,” said the Executive Mayor, Alderlady Marie Ferreira in her comment on this success of the Municipality.
The competition is arranged by the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. It was previously known as the Cleanest Town competition. It aims to promote improved service delivery that restores community pride and commitment in caring for the living environment. It also focuses on improved integrated sustainable development strategies in municipalities.