While most residents in Kimberley believe the once glittering city of diamonds is now one of the dirtiest in the country, the Sol Plaatje Municipality has just proved them wrong.
WHILE most residents in Kimberley believe the once glittering city of diamonds is now one of the dirtiest in the country, the Sol Plaatje Municipality has just proved them wrong – winning R250 000 and an award at the 17th annual National Arbor City Awards.
The award was presented to the executive mayor, Patrick Mabilo, together with the mayoral committee member for Community Services, Leon Farland.
The duo accepted the award in the local municipality category for creating awareness in sustaining greener, healthier and happier places to live at the National Arbor City Awards on the launch date of Arbor Month under the theme, “Forests and Sustainable Cities”.
The winners were announced by the Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Maggie Sotyu, at a ceremony held in Port Elizabeth.
The Sol Plaatje Municipality won second place for its effort in planting trees that save water and contribute towards household food security.
“In my capacity as the executive mayor, I will continue to promote the greening of our city and wards. We will go the extra mile to encourage our communities to plant more trees and to look after their natural habitat,” Mabilo stated.
“It is my considered view that greening interventions that include planting of fruit trees into home gardens can make a contribution towards alleviating household food insecurity.”
Mabilo recommitted the city to rolling out a greening programme throughout the city and its surrounding areas.
“This campaign and initiative is not only limited to the planting of trees but to contribute to food security.”
“We have the responsibility to protect our environment and to preserve our natural resources. We further promote youth and women to get involved in the agricultural sector,” he said.
Mabilo extended a special thanks to all staff in the Parks and Recreation unit under the Community Services directorate, for their continued dedication and diligence in promoting a clean and green city.
“I would also like to congratulate Massimo Mazzoncini for being awarded a Certificate of Recognition in the effort and support demonstrated during the adjudication of Sol Plaatje Local Municipality in the 2019 Arbor City Award Competition.
“Together we can grow a modern, successful, prosperous, clean and green city.”