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UDDI Takes Top Green Award for Conversion of Illegal Dumpsites to ECO Hubs

DECEMBER 5, 2014
UDDI Takes Top Green Award for Conversion of Illegal Dumpsites to ECO Hubs

The Uitenhage-Despatch Development Initiative (UDDI) has been named Top Small Organisation with Low Environmental Impact at the Top Green Organisation Awards.

The awards are hosted by the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, with the UDDI being hailed for its innovative work in converting illegal dumpsites into eco-hubs.

In addition, the award was recognition of the UDDI’s use of the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre in Uitenhage “as a hub to incubate innovative skills and solutions aimed at developing and empowering learners, educators as well as the community at large”.

UDDI CEO Patricia Dlamini points out that the notion of responsible sustainable development “should not remain at discussion levels or at organisation strategies, but clear initiatives must be driven holistically throughout the organisation”.

The CEO explains that the UDDI’s executive management “took a conscious decision to introduce practices that support sustainability within the organisation.

“Not only has the UDDI established min eco-hubs at schools to promote recycling and food security, but we have since partnered with organisations such as the Waste Trade Company to incentivise the collection and processing of waste, adding value to it,” explains project Manager Wandisile Makwabe.

He says the UDDI programmes “are broadly based on economically viable production systems”.

They are, Makwabe adds, “socially acceptable and accountable,” and also “ensure the protection of natural resources”. - MetroMinutes.


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