| "STEIN" THE WASTE DRAGON
In May 2007, Drakenstein Municipality launched it’s first Waste week. This initiative was implemented to address one of the action plans referred to in the Integrated Waste Management Plan (IWMP), which was adopted by Council in December 2006.
A mascot in the form of a dragon was found to be most suitable when one translates dragon to “drakie” in Afrikaans. The design was done by Jacques and Anel Blignaut (ABEC) and representatives of the Waste Services section of the Municipality.
This would be symbolic of a waste dragon focussing on waste minimisation and anti-litter campaigns in Drakenstein Municipality. It is meant to be associated with raising awareness wrt sustainable waste management.
The name “Stein”, was suggested by Rodney Leak (former CEO of The Fairest Cape Association) and approved by Sonia Frans and Dawid Malan (Waste Services – Drakenstein Municipality). This was inspired by the last syllable of Drakenstein Municipality.
The compilation of the name is thus:
Drakenstein : drak = dragon (drakie)
stein = “Stein” the waste dragon
During the waste week in 2007 and 2008, “Stein” would find it’s way to participating schools to spread the message of the 3 R’s.
Stein has now become synonymous with the waste management of Drakenstein Municipality and can be seen on refuse removal trucks, posters, flyers etc. It was also an integrated part of the environ-mental exhibition at the Festival of lights in December 2010 where Stein was officially launched by the honourable Mayor of Drakenstein: Executive Councillor Charmaine Manuel.