Msukaligwa Municpality awards cleanest primary schools

Msukaligwa Municipality’s Solid Waste Section working together with the Department of Education, Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Land Affairs and Gert Sibande District Municipality recently awarded schools for environmental awareness.

Schools participated in the cleanest school campaign and the event was held at the KwaZanele Community Hall in Breyten.

The municipality in the community services department has embarked on environmental awareness campaigns at primary schools since the beginning of the schooling year.

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It has piloted the project which is intended to bring awareness to waste management and other environmental issues known to the community.

This is part of the implementation of the Integrated Waste Management (IWM) plan approved by council in 2015.

The aim of the plan is to promote greening, environmental support systems, community environmental involvement, waste minimisation, cleanliness of the school and the use of municipality waste removal.

Altogether nine primary schools participated and in the campaign.

First position went to Siyacathula Primary who got a certificate, wheelbarrow, steel rake, horse pipe, shovel with garden fork, dust bin, and seedlings for onion and spinach.

Qambekile Primary was second and also received a certificate and a prize which included a wheelbarrow, steel rake and water can.

Third position went to Klipstapel Primary who got a certificate, dust bin, watering can, steel rake and seedlings.

Kwachibikhulu Primary, Mkhomazi Primary, Peter Mabuza Primary, Siyazi Primary, Umsebe Primary and Wesselton Primary each received certificates of participation,

seedlings and plastic rakes.

“Our plan is to include all other primary schools in Msukaligwa to inculcate the

culture of good environmental management with emphasis on waste reduction, reuse and recycle,” the Member of Mayoral Committee for Community Services, Ms Julie Bal, said.

“We intend to revive the Enviro-Clubs that we once helped to manage public open spaces.

“We are participating in the Greenest Municipality Competition which is run by the provincial and national departments of environmental affairs,” she also said.

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