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City wins environmental award for the Kader Asmal project

City wins environmental award for the Kader Asmal project

The City of Cape Town won two of the three awards at the National Department of Public Works' Kamosa Awards ceremony in October 2013 for excellence in the roll-out of Expanded Public Works Programmes. In the category 'Environment and Culture Sector, Best Metropolitan Municipality', the City received the award as a result of the highly successful Kader Asmal project.

Kader Asmal Award

The Kader Asmal integrated catchment management project is an inter-departmental, partnership initiative between the City of Cape Town, the National Resource Management Programme – Working for Water (WfW) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The project was initiated in October 2011 and commenced in January 2012. The aim of the Kader Asmal project is to enhance the green economy by improving the natural heritage of the City through labour intensive initiatives. The key objectives of the Kader Asmal project are - controlling invasive species, implementing a river and green warden system, raising awareness about the negative impacts of invasive species, and alleviating poverty by providing job opportunities to marginalised communities. During the first 12 months of the project, 6,543 job opportunities were created.