IYM does Chris Hani district proud

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AT THE HELM: Intsika Yethu Municipality community services director Ayakha Ntengenyane
AT THE HELM: Intsika Yethu Municipality community services director Ayakha Ntengenyane

INTSIKA Yethu Municipality (IYM) has again flown the Chris Hani district flag high, winning a R2.5-million prize as the second runner-up in the 2016 Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC) in Middelburg, Mpumalanga recently.

The Rep reported (“IYM tops with waste,” July 8) that the rural municipality won at the National Waste Khoro summit in Durban recently. IYM is also a previous winner of the Vuna Awards for being the greenest municipality in 2014.

This week communications manager Zuko Tshangana said IYM won the money and an award from the GMC hosted by the national environmental affairs department (DEA).

“The aim of the awards is to encourage local municipalities to fully implement sustainable environmental strategies and monitor environmental projects, which IYM seems to be mastering well.

“Aspects the panellists were looking at included waste management, energy efficiency, conservation, landscaping, tree planting and beautification, public participation and community empowerment, leadership and institutional arrangements.”

Tshangana said earlier this year, a team of evaluators from the DEA paid IYM a site visit when a thorough assessment was done in order to scrutinise IYM’s environmental tactics.

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