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Greening of local schools as part of Arbor Month initiative

23 October 2013

Greening of local schools as part of Arbor Month initiative

 

Wesizwe Platinum, in conjunction with Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), will be greening local schools in Ledig and Mahoebieskraal, with their first having taken place on 23 October 2013.

 

Wesizwe Platinum recognizes the importance of schoolchildren having a positive, healthy and green environment in which to study, yet in many schools in the local areas of Ledig and Mahoebieskraal, trees are unfortunately in short supply, providing little relief from the sun.  The first, of the six schools that Wesizwe will be greening, is Tshose Primary School in Mahoebieskraal. A tree planting ceremony was held at the school on the morning of 23 October, at which 10 large fruit trees were planted in key locations at the school, to ensure both shade and a great source of fruit in the future.  This special greening event was attended by teachers and pupils, executives from Wesizwe Platinum, and representatives from FTFA.

 

As part of national celebrations for Arbor Month in September, Wesizwe Platinum is helping local schools by greening their environments.  Following a tree audit in a number of local schools, it was found that most did not have enough shade trees. These schools included Mphuphute Primary School, Ratheo Primary School, Mperebere Primary School, Bakgofa Primary School, Tshose Primary School and Bakubung Primary School.  As some of these schools were found to have existing food gardens, it was decided that a combination of shade and fruit trees would be supplied to those primary schools as part of Wesizwe’s contribution to National Arbor Month.

 

In order to ensure the success of this initiative, and to obtain the correct advice on the most suitable species of trees to plant, Wesizwe partnered with FTFA.  FTFA is South Africa’s first national social and environmental enterprise, working towards a healthier more sustainable and low carbon future. FTFA develops, manages and promotes greening, climate change action, sustainable natural resource management, organic farming and food security programmes.

 

Commenting on the tree planting initiative, Katja Janicke FTFA programme manager, said: “Wesizwe has put its support behind FTFA’s “Trees for All” programme which greens, educates, offsets carbon emissions and transforms schools and other community centres into healthier more sustainable environments.” 

 

Wesizwe decided to provide slightly larger 20 litre trees to the school, to ensure their survival in the local conditions.  Fencing will also be provided around the trees at some of the schools to prevent them from being damaged or eaten by goats or by the children playing.

 

Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) has distributed over 4.2 million trees, and developed thousands of natural food gardens, bamboo projects and organic farms for poor communities. FTFA has been a pioneer of climate change response, mitigation and adaptation, launching the first South African carbon calculator, the Carbon Protocol of South Africa and the Climate Hero Awards Africa. Most recently, FTFA has been appointed as the African Branch Managers for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.

Wesizwe’s Executive: Sustainable Futures, Ms Kgomotso Tshaka, plants a tree as part of Arbor Month celebrations in the community.

Wesizwe’s Executive: Sustainable Futures, Ms Kgomotso Tshaka, plants a tree as part of Arbor Month celebrations in the community.


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