INTSIKA Yethu Municipality (IYM) was recently named among the best when it comes to waste management controls by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) during the National Waste Khoro summit in Durban.
Communications manager Zuko Tshangana said IYM scooped the award for best municipality in improved landfill site and waste management processes.
“This initiative to honour the country’s municipalities was made to address challenges facing the waste management sector while exploring practical solutions and technological innovations in the waste recycling economy,” he said.
A platform for stakeholders including government, industry, academia and civil society was created to share know-how in terms of solutions, while exchanging information on best practices.
IYM is a previous winner of the Vuna awards in 2014 for being the greenest municipality in the Eastern Cape.
Tshangana said local and district municipalities from the country had been visiting IYM in a bid to adopt its waste management strategy.
Community services director Ayakha Ntengenyane said the municipality was doing all it could in order to maintain high standards while exploring modern ways of conserving nature.
The municipality awaits results in the greenest municipality category.