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Overstrand is the Winner!!!!!
(2003 & 2004)

The Overstrand region was judged as the National winners of the Cleanest Town Competition in 2003/4. This prestigious award not only carries a lucrative prize money valued at R1 million but recognizes the successful way in which the Overstrand Municipality together with the residents have formed partnerships in achieving a world class waste management service which cares for the environment and provides all who live and stay in the Overstrand with a sense of ownership and pride.

HISTORY OF THE OVERSTRAND’S ENTRY INTO THE COMPETITION

In 2003, only two years after replacing the old ‘dump’ sites in Hermanus and Kleinmond with a well designed waste handling and disposal infrastructure (ie. transfer stations & landfill site), the Overstrand Municipality realised that in partnership with the community, an enormous amount of success had been achieved in terms of waste management, recycling and environmental care and that the time was right to enter the Cleanest Town Competition.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CLEANEST TOWN AWARD

The Cleanest Town Competition was launched by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) at the National Waste Summit held at Polokwane, Limpopo Province, in September 2001. The competition is part of the implementation of the National Waste Management Strategy, which aims to reduce waste generation and disposal by 50% and 25% respectively by 2012, and to develop a plan for Zero Waste to landfill by 2022.

The purpose of the competition also aims to change attitudes by raising awareness while educating the nation on good waste management practices. It acknowledges ongoing improvements in waste management initiatives undertaken by municipalities and encourages municipalities to improve their waste management services.

JUDGING CRITERIA

The judging panel constitutes persons who collectively reflect insight into the social, technical, financial and educational interests of South Africa and are committed to the building of a prosperous South Africa, free from all factors of discrimination.

DEAT provided the participating Municipalities with guidelines and criteria on which they would be judged. These included:-

Physical Condition of Public Facilities & the Natural Environment (70%)

Facilities include waste handling and disposal facilities, taxi ranks, sporting facilities, public toilets, museums and train and bus terminals, hospitals etc. The natural environment included green spaces and public area (beaches & paths). Tourist facilities included condition of view points, signage and information and social service facilities included social upliftment programs, community involvement and morale of the community.

Support Systems (30%)

Support systems are seen as initiatives and programs that are in place to sustain the cleanliness of the area as well as projects which support attitude change and awareness to improve waste management. Projects and campaigns would include recycling centers greening of area and other reuse of waste (bush waste, building rubble & tyres etc). Overall waste management practices and the ability to monitor and enforce laws to achieve improvements will also be considered.

Awareness and education programmes on solid waste which include information leaflets, press releases and competitions also form part of the support system. The capital resources and equipment employed by the Municipality which includes waste collection, handling and disposal as well as litter bins and the occupational health and well being of the working staff will be assessed. The mobilization of the community and participation of the public in decision making on waste and environmental issues is also considered vital. The panel will also consider the budgetary support and allocation of financial resources made by the Municipality to sustain and promote cleanliness and responsible waste management practices.

All Municipalities who decide to participate take on the responsibility for co-ordinating the efforts required for entering the competition. The Municipality must also compile a formal document that describes the activities and achievements in their area. After submission of the document, members of the judging panel pay a visit to the different Municipalities where they are briefed on the achievements and given free access to visit and inspect any facility and/or location they wish in the area.

The judging panel does not only look at the general tidiness of the area at the time of the inspection, but also considers the level of commitment, financial constraints and if the projects are sustainable. The overall assessment would however be left up to judging panel itself.

HOW THE PRIZE MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT

The entire Overstand community were given the opportunity to identify projects that they felt should be undertaken with the prize money. All suggestions were considered and were, where possible, included in the business plan. The R1 million prize was presented to Overstrand Municipality and a local project management company GAIA, was appointed by the DEAT to facilitate the expenditure and ensure that the projects identified on the approved business plan were implemented.

Activities were spread out across the Overstrand and emphasis was given to projects which contributed to povety alleviation, environmental care and waste management issues.

Breakdown of the Budget (Regional & National Prize Money)

1. Waste Management Infrastructure R225 000

More than 600 pole bins (210ℓ) have been planted in the disadvantaged areas in the Overstrand. These bins are used by residents in the informal areas and are emptied once a week by the cleansing department. Public litter bins which are made from recycled plastic and have designed to have two separate compartments for recyclables and non-recyclables were located in all the town centers and shopping areas.

2. Cleaner Environment R 200 000

Since January 2005 a total of 15,154 black bags, full of litter, were removed from the disadvantaged areas in the Overstrand. Many jobs were created in these disadvantaged communities by implementing this project.

3. Education and Awareness R 200 000

Schools have been invited to participate in a competition, painting the refuse bins in their area and the winners will be awarded with prizes.

A comprehensive education program and workshops on the awareness and benefits of an integrated waste management plan has been presented to people from the disadvantaged areas. The Hangklip/Kleinmond area was targeted first and the municipal worker force was involved in the process. The Fairest Cape Association was asked to help with the education sessions. Education in the Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai communities as well as the Solid Waste Management Workers will follow shortly.

4. Waste Minimisation and Recycling R 100 000

Plans are in place to start in Kleinmond with similar Recycling at Source projects as the existing ones in Hermanus and Hangklip.

5. Special Projects and Grants R 100 000

These funds were allocated to Junior Council to spend on projects they have identified. Environmental tours and camping trips are planned for children from the disadvantaged areas in the near future.

6. Publicity and Communications R 125 000

Residents of the Overstrand are continuously kept informed through the media and pamphlets. The public is constantly being reminded to keep on recycling by the newly erected information boards all over our region.

7. ‘Operasie Mooimaak’ R 150 000

Funds have been allocated to upgrade Taxi Ranks, Community Halls, Bus Shelters and other public places in the communities. 90 trees have been planted and a total of 2 088 person days have been employed.



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