Trees for Africa

Ekurhuleni promotes 'green lung'

Community members got trees to plant at home at the launch of the Katlehong Fruit Tree project

One tree on her back, another in her hand and a third on her head – women attending the launch of a green project at the Monde Primary School in Katlehong, given fruit trees to plant at home, did not leave empty handed. 

They too, however, will be receiving their peach and apricot trees as the City of Ekurhuleni, Scaw Metals and Food and Trees for Africa begin with a project that will see 5 000 fruit trees being distributed to households in the area.

Earlier this month the first 1 000 trees were given to community members and the remainder of peach, plum and apricot plants will be handed out before the end of 2014.

According to Giel Meyer, manager at the City of Ekurhuleni’s Parks department, the aim of the project is to convert Katlehong, which is sandwiched between industrial areas, into a 'green lung'. The residents of the area will benefit from the greener environment while enjoying the free fruits they will be growing in their own yards.

Residents will receive more than just a tree. A group of volunteers will be setting out on door-to-door visits to educate residents on the value of trees and looking after one’s environment.

Scaw Metals CEO, Markus Hannemann, said that this was their way of ploughing back into the community.

“Scaw Metals is not only a steel company, but a company that also cares about the environment and the community. This initiative will benefit many of our employees who are residents of this area,” said Hannemann.

The City began with the fruit tree distribution programme in 2006 and has distributed over 28 500 fruit trees to various communities in partnership with Enviro Serve, Raith Foundation and Audi S.A.

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