The SA Air Force (SAAF) scooped top honours in the latest Department of Defence (DoD) environmental awards, taking home no less than five of the nine awards on offer.
Both Hoedspruit and Overberg air force bases again reinforced their commitment to proving that military business and environmental management can exist harmoniously.
The Limpopo base won top honours in the base environmental management competition with sister bases Bloemspruit (Free State) and Waterkloof (Gauteng) named runners-up. The environmental services award was presented to Hoedspruit’s environmental team with 5 Special Forces Regiment’s environmental team and that of AFB Waterkloof runners-up.
AFB Overberg (Western Cape) won the award for the best Integrated Waste Management operation with KwaZulu-Natal’s Bluff Military Area, AFB Waterkloof and the SA Military Health Services Lephalale training area runners-up.
Overberg was also the winner of the Military Integrated Environmental Management award and another air force base, Langebaanweg on the west coast, took home the environmental education and awareness training award as well as earning a commendation in the water efficiency sector. There was no winner in the section.
The SA Army’s Combat Training Centre (CTC) at Lohathla in Northern Cape won top honours in the ecological management section with another Army unit, the Main Ordinance Sub-Depot in Durban, taking top honours in the energy efficiency section.
Speaking at the awards presentation SA Army Chief, Lieutenant General Vusi Masondo said the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and the DoD would continue being aware of and protecting the environments it worked and trained in. This includes greening the military, using military and intelligence assets to support environmental initiatives, promoting dialogue, building confidence, transferring technology and providing disaster and humanitarian assistance.