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City’s Environment department scoops top Bontle ke Botho (BKB) award Print E-mail
30 July 2012

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City’s Environment department scoops top Bontle ke Botho (BKB) award

Joburg is leading the way in its efforts to foster a greener, more sustainable environment by recently winning the Provincial BKB award.

Johannesburg participates in the annual Bothle ke Botho (BKB) campaign in the Metropolitan Municipalities category alongside the City of Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.

Each year Gauteng awards R3.5 million to different projects promoting good environmental practices. The campaign has contributed a lot in job creation and poverty alleviation in the province.

Initiated in 2002, BKB is a clean and green campaign that aims to encourage Gauteng citizens to beautify their areas and conserve their natural resources.  The campaign’s intention is to create communities that are independent and that strive towards sustainable livelihoods and poverty eradication. 

Bontle Ke Botho takes the form of a competition which is run by the city’s Environmental Department and includes entries from wards and schools.

This year, the City received a total of 71 entries, with 42 from schools and 29 from wards, which was an improvement from last year’s 35 entries. The adjudication process took place in June and July. The adjudication panel was made up of delegates from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture (GDARD), who are specialists in the environment and communications.

“In this era of climate change, we encourage the community to maintain a clean and green environment in order to accelerate sustainable environment action; this campaign’s intention is to motivate communities to strive towards attaining sustainable livelihoods and poverty eradication.” MMC for Infrastructure Services and Environment, Clr Mfikoe said.

By virtue of winning the 2009 Bontle Ke Botho (BKB) Provincial campaign the City was adjudicated for the Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC), which is an initiative by the National Department of Environmental Affairs.  The City was up against The City of Cape Town, EThekwini and Nelson Mandela Bay.  For the GMC, results will be communicated by the end of July 2012.

The Metropolitan category has two winners i.e. the first prize which amounts to R 300 000 and second prize which amounts to R 195 000.

The winners in this category are selected based on the following:

• The number of participants and tangible projects in the municipality, including school projects.  In this case the percentage is used to determine the winners;
• Environmental work linked to IDPs
• Clear plans to sustain projects;
• Clear plan to assist wards on BKB expenditure;
• Evidence regarding the involvement of NGOs, CBOs and business;
• Evidence of Environmental Education programmes for communities;
• Good waste collection system, enforcement of waste management by-laws, landfill site management, recycling and re-using of waste.

MMC for Infrastructure Services and Environment, Clr Matshidiso Mfikoe, congratulated all Environment department employees for their contributions in winning the first prize of R300 000 in the Metropolitan category in the coveted Bontle ke Botho awards. “The BKB Provincial prize money will be used to continue to support BKB environmental projects within the City, and we are also going to award the City’s winners including schools and wards who participated in this campaign,” She added.

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Last Updated on 01 August 2012