VW SA and Mzimvubu Local Municipality scoop top environmental prize


Automaker, VW South Africa, and the Eastern Cape’s Mzimvubu Local Municipality walked away with top prizes at the Top Green Organisation and Municipality Awards that were held in East London on Thursday.

The awards aim to showcase the achievements of organisations and municipalities that comply with legislation governing broad environmental management and green economy initiatives.

Eastern Cape MEC for Environmental Affairs Sakhumzi Somyo said these entities had displayed that they are concerned about the environment.

He says all sectors of society need to play their part in protecting the environment.

"If our own communities don't take lessons on the upkeep of our own environment we are going to have a problem. So, our people must contribute positively by keeping our towns clean, our streets clean and our own localities clean," says Somyo.

Environmental Specialist at VW South Africa, Simon Lelaka, says getting the cleaner production award and top green organisation award is the result of focusing on energy management.

"The efforts and initiatives that have been implemented since 2010 where people came with their ideas in terms on how we can save on energy and be an energy efficient company have really helped us to become more ‘environmentally’ aware.

"We also engage with our employees in terms of improving health and safety of the workers and every year we try to identify new initiatives," says Lelaka.