The Temvelo Awards is the concept of Swaziland Environment Authority which aims to educate and enforce environmental principles and laws of the country through the participation of the wider sector of the population in Environmental Management issues. The awards recognise the people in our community who do their part in taking care of the environment so that it becomes a great place to live.
The awards acknowledge, recognize and honour businesses, organizations, communities and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional environmental stewardship by dedicating themselves and their talents to the protection of the environment. The Temvelo awards program provides competition and incentives to expand and improve environmental protection efforts.
The awards provide a platform for the Authority to engage its stakeholders based on available resources to map out the actualization of the mandate of SEA. The awards will inculcate a culture and a lifestyle of loving and caring for our environment contributing to the road towards vision 2022 by rewarding and encouraging Regions, Tinkhundla, chiefdoms and people who are making an effort to protect the environment.
The main rationale for hosting the Temvelo Awards is to provide a platform to raise environmental awareness and motivate the nation to be part of the solutions for the country’s environmental problems.
C. Awards categories
The awards categories speak to the definition of environment as per the Environmental Management Act 2002, which speaks to nature, air, land, water, soils and energy and how humans interact with them. The Categories are as follows:
1.Green Business Initiative Award
Awarded to a business with systems or programme that is responsive to Green Economy.
Awarded to a municipality that has achieved developing solutions using its risk assessment and management expertise, forming strategic partnerships to improve sustainability, as well as service delivery in municipal environment related functions.
3.Water Conservation Award
This award recognizes and honour individuals or entities who dedicate themselves and their talents to the conservation and wise use of water.
4.Energy Efficiency Award
The award is for a product or service that results in energy saving
5.Recycling and Waste Management Award
This award is for an entity that has developed a policy, programme or project that has contributed to a greater public understanding and participation in waste reduction, re-use and recycling
The award is for an entity that has a biodiversity protection and rehabilitation programme
7.Climate Change Award
This category recognizes an individual or team who are champions for change, development, implementation, and institutionalization of a sustainability practice to reduce the overall greenhouse gas footprint in support of the climate change goals. It will be awarded to an entity that has a responsive climate change related adaptation and/or mitigation measures.
8.Green Tertiary Institution Award
This award recognizes a tertiary institution that has made an effort to educate and adopt the environmental agenda and has further taken the initiative to adopt practices thereto such as recycling, water harvesting, etc.
9.Eco- Primary School Award
The award is for a primary school that has made an effort to educate and adopt the environmental agenda and has further taken the initiative to adopt practices thereto such as recycling, water harvesting, etc.
10.Eco- Secondary School Award
This award is for a secondary school that has made an effort to educate and adopt the environmental agenda and has further taken the initiative to adopt practices thereto such as recycling, water harvesting, etc.
11.Community Environmental Project Award
This award recognizes a community that has acted collectively to protect, preserve, or restore the Earths life forms, eco-systems, or natural resources
12.Faith Based Organization Award
For a faith based organization contributing towards protecting and improving the environment.
13.Green Parastatal Award
This award is for parastatal with a sound and functional environmental program
This award is for an environmentally friendly product or service that is sustainable and serves the needs of humans whilst being equally beneficial to the environment and its eco-systems
15.Green Government Department Award
The award recognizes a government department with a functional environmental program.
16.Environmental Friendly Healthy Facility Award
This award is for taking the lead in environmental stewardship and best practices for renovations, green procurement, cleaning, waste disposal and recycling, and provision of green spaces.
17. Media House Award
For media productions that increase public awareness of environmental issues and inspire action on these issues.
18. Environmental Journalist Award
The award is for a journalist, whose published articles represent the best reporting on the Earth’s life forms, eco-systems, or natural resources.
19. Young Eco-Hero Award
This award will be given to a young individual who is passionate and have understanding of environmental issues and has the ability to inspire students or young people on matters of environmental management.
20. Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is for an individual, whose actions have conserved, nurtured, defended or restored the Earth’s life forms, eco-systems, or natural resources
D. Adjudication for the awards
Capable and credible adjudicators from Swaziland and neighboring South Africa have taken up the responsibility of selecting the candidates for the different awards. One of the adjudicators is an auditor who will ensure the objectivity and transparency of the whole process.