This Arbor Day we commit to growing the green economy

By Athol Trollip MPL, DA Mayoral Candidate: Nelson Mandela Bay:

This extract was taken from the speech of DA Mayoral Candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip MPL, at an Arbor Day tree-planting visit to Malabar Primary School and Woolhope Secondary School, Port Elizabeth.

In recognition of Arbor Day today, I have planted a tree at Malabar Primary School and donated a tree to Woolhope Secondary School, Port Elizabeth. Our municipality’s green spaces, parks and public areas are vitally important for our city’s recreation and must be given attention by the Metro.

Under a DA government in Nelson Mandela Bay, I will ensure that our Metro delivers well-managed and clean green spaces in communities from New Brighton to KwaNobuhle, Motherwell to Schauderville.

A DA government will focus on managing strictly scheduled area-cleansing teams, tasked with keeping our city clean, we will launch a green-unit of councillors and officials who oversee management of our green spaces and new tree-planting projects, and a 24-hour mayoral hotline for suggestions and comments from residents. We will work to plant 5 000 new trees in the first term of a DA government.

In an opportunity city, growing the green economy must form part of government’s plans to unlock real job-creation potential. A DA government would implement weekly refuse removal in all communities, eradicate illegal dumping and launch comprehensive recycling centres, as we have done in Cape Town under DA government. We will police illegal dumping, and will crack down on it in all areas, especially in the Northern Areas.

We will also investigate public-private enterprise collaboration to convert waste into energy, incentivising this business in the municipality, while working towards the development of eco-parks that nurture partnerships between local business and the community in the interest of sustainable development and recreation.

Under a DA government, the people of Nelson Mandela Bay will be afforded the freedom to enjoy green spaces that are crime-free and well maintained.

Pictures of the visit are available here and here.