Grinding Media South Africa (GMSA) planted 2 300 trees in Vosloorus, Katlehong and Thokoza on September 6 in support of National Arbor Week (NAW), September 3 – 8.
This initiative by GMSA, in partnership with Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), started with a formal function at Nageng Primary School in Vosloorus on the day.
This national tree-planting programme contributes to the development of greenbelts and the partnership will see fruit and indigenous shade trees planted in these areas, furthering the mission of growing urban food forests in the area.
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FTFA is an established non-profit social enterprise organisation that works with government and the private sector to contribute to food security and greening communities while promoting sustainable economic development.
Prior to the event, FTFA conducted meetings with stakeholders where trees were going to be planted at homes.
During that meeting, community members were identified and trained as community educators.
The training of 40 community educators in the local community created temporary employment opportunities and will ensure 1 000 households receive trees through this intervention.
In addition, 10 beneficiary schools were selected to receive trees through the Trees for All programme and each will receive 30 trees.
“Such a partnership provides a perfect opportunity for GMSA to participate in tree-planting and volunteering in communities that we operate. We are delighted for the opportunity and are committed to partnering with credible organisations such as FTFA to uplift these communities,” said Ray Abrahams, acting CEO of GMSA.
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Tshediso Phahlane, from FTFA, demonstrated how to plant a Rhus tree.
He said trees are very important because they provide oxygen.
“Trees also provide shade for learners’ protection during sunny conditions. They also prevent soil erosion and when they grow tall, reduce noise. So it is very important not to destroy trees,” said Phahlane.
Lefty Monobe, the principal of the school, said they are excited about the donation.
“As a school, we value trees very much. We would like to thank the two companies for their support. I wish this relationship to continue in future,” said Monobe.