An environmental workshop was hosted at the Umzinto Town Hall where 50 youth members from Umdoni engaged on issues related to climate change, disaster management and waste management.
A site visit initiated by the Umdoni waste office, to the Umzinto taxi rank, which is identified as an illegal dumping hotspot was made where a clean-up was also done. “The Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and Umdoni Municipality have a mandate to promote environmental education and promote sustainable environmental management practises. As such these stakeholders initiated a climate change and waste minimisation workshop aimed at educating the Umzinto and surrounding communities about the effective ways to address climate change impacts, possible strategies that can be initiated by the youth of Umdoni local municipality to curb or minimize waste in the area,” said Mr Bhengu from Department of Environmental Affairs.
The issues that most affect the communities of Umdoni include illegal dumping, youth unemployment, lack of initiative of focusing on addressing environmental issues and knowledge of climate change. There is a need to provide the youth with information with the aim to capacitate and empower the youth. The outcome of the session was to encourage the youth of Umdoni to establish and initiate programme/projects that will empower them and also assist the municipality in environmental protection.
Stakeholders who were part of this initiative include DEA-Department of Environmental Affairs, EDTEA-Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs (climate change branch and pollution and waste minimisation), Ugu disaster management, Umdoni waste services and the virtual state-Umgungundlovu DM.
“Umdoni Municipality commits to keeping our towns clean, in minimizing waste and also informing and creating awareness on climate change,” said Umdoni communications officer, Zime Gcaba.