Trees, trees and more trees – please

Emily Jones planting a tree during Arbor Day at Keketso Primary School in Katlehong on September 29.

The programme was completed at Keketso Primary School in Katlehong on September 29.

Emily Jones, the programme manager, said Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance became the first auto financier to offer green vehicle finance in August 2011.

“The aim was to assist customers who are in the market for a new car to make an environmentally friendly choice.

“Through green vehicle finance, Absa customers are offered rebates when they purchase passenger vehicles with a carbon output of less than 120g/km. In addition, Absa plants a tree for each such vehicle sold. “When motorists make environmentally friendly choices it helps ensure a better world for all of us,” said Jones.

She said this year, Absa Vehicle Asset Finance will be planting 8,728 trees across Food & Trees for Africa’s greenbelt in Katlehong, Thokoza and Vosloorus. It will provide saplings to approximately 3500 homes and 62 schools.

“A total of 140 community members have been trained as community educators to assist with the planting and monitoring of the trees. For this work they receive a stipend,” said Jones.

The programme was implemented at Keketso Primary school in Katlehong on September 29 where trees were both distributed and planted.

Staff volunteers from Absa Vehicle Asset Finance joined pupils and learners to plant 50 trees at the school. A further 1950 trees were distributed to local community members. 975 households received one fruit tree and one indigenous shade tree each.

“Trees provide a number of environmental and social benefits, which all South Africans should have the privilege to enjoy,” said Jones.

Jones said this year’s allocation of trees means the green vehicle finance programme has planted a total of 18 986 trees since the programme started in 2011.

This equates to 7005 tonnes of C02 being sequestered or stored.

Aaron Damane

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