The South African Air Force (SAAF) was the big winner at this week’s Department of Defence (DoD) environmental awards.
Between them air force bases Hoedspruit, Langebaan, Overberg and Ysterplaat took home five of the eight awards presented annually in various categories including base and overall environmental management.
The environmental awards were first presented 32 years ago as a way of encouraging environmental awareness among airmen, military medics, sailors and soldiers. They are supported by organisations such as SANParks, Rand Water, the Ethekwini metro and the Endangered Wildlife Trust among others.
In past years the awards ceremony was held at one of the winning bases but it is now generally held in and around Pretoria, the country’s military capital, and presided over by Chief: Logistics of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), currently an acting position for Major General Morris Moadira. Brigadier General Gertrude Mngadi, SANDF director facilities, under whose direction the SA National Defence Force’s environmental activities fall, was also present at AFB Zwartkop West (the old SAAF gymnasium) where this year’s presentation took place.
The winners are: Rand Water Award – shared by AFB Hoedspruit and AFB Langebaanweg; South African National Energy Development Institute Award – AFB Langebaanweg; Keep eThekwini Beautiful Award for Integrated Waste Management – AFB Ysterplaat; Endangered Wildlife Trust Floating Trophy for Ecological Management – AFB Hoedspruit; Base Environmental Management – South African Naval Armament Depot; Professor Kristo Pienaar Floating Trophy for Environmental Education and Awareness Training – South African Naval Armament Depot; SANParks Floating Trophy for Integrated Environmental Management Systems – AFB Overberg and the Conservamus Floating Trophy for Military Integrated Environmental Services – Senior Warrant Officer Doreen Hamlett from the Warrant Officers Academy.