Many winners were honored at the Community Environmental Awards held at Southdale Pikitup Depot on October 1.
Pikitup, the city of Johannesburg’s waste management company, awarded and recognized individuals, businesses, schools, cooperatives and environmental forums on this day.
These interested parties have made a huge contribution to diverting waste from its landfills through the Community Environmental Awards initiative.
According to Pikitup spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi, the prestigious occasion was held to recognize and encourage sustainable environmental partnerships.
âThe Community Environmental Awards Ceremony is a Pikitup initiative aligned with the strategic goal of creating lasting partnerships. This is to ensure that the city of Johannesburg achieves the vision of being recognized as the cleanest city on the continent and of being among the cleanest cities in the world, âhe said.
The awards ceremony would be the seventh of its kind, recognizing these individuals and entities over the years for their contributions.
During his remarks, the general manager of Pikitup Bukelwa Njingolo stressed that communities should recycle, reuse and reduce.
âThe cleanliness of the city of Johannesburg is not only a responsibility of Pikitup or this collective but a responsibility for all of us. It is a collective effort. Right now we are facing a landfill space shortage crisis. Last year our reports indicated that we had four and a half years of space left, âshe said.
Fellow Andy Balaram of the University of Johannesburg said: âOn behalf of the university, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Pikitup for thanking the volunteers for this prestigious event. Our partnership is growing and I pray that it grows more and more. “