Executive committee members in a KZN municipality, have suggested buying laptops to eliminate excessive use of paper. Picture:Itumeleng English

KwaZulu-Natal - In keeping with its “go green” initiative, Msunduzi Municipality wants to buy laptops for its executive committee members in order to eliminate the excessive use of paper.

The recommendation was made at an executive committee meeting on Thursday and will now have to go to full council for approval.

A report tabled indicated that, on average, 66 762 A4 pages were used at each exco meeting, which was generally held once a week.

According to statistics contained in the report, a single pine tree produced 8 333.3 A4 pages and, based on Msunduzi’s usage, eight trees would be saved per meeting, equating to the annual preservation of 352 trees.

The municipality would spend a once-off amount of R80 000 in purchasing 10 laptops for the councillors and R33 480 annually for the use of 3G cards.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said that, after the recommendation was approved, it would take between three and four months to acquire the laptops and train staff to use them.

Although figures were not tabled on how much the municipality would be saving by not using paper for the exco meetings, its spokesman, Brian Zuma, said that it would be a considerable amount. - The Mercury