Arbor prize will buy even more trees

2013-09-06 00:00

THE prize-money from their Arbor City Award will go right back into the ground — to plant more trees and make the city even greener.

Thembinkosi Ngcobo, head of eThekwini Municipality’s parks, recreation and culture, said the award has motivated them to do even more.

The department was honoured by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in partnership with Total South Africa earlier this week.

The city received R300 000, and this will be used for community projects.

Ngcobo added that they will add this money to the community-based projects that will beautify and keep the city green while also clearing choked streams. Part of the money will go towards educating residents about having a clean environment and waste management.

Yesterday, Ngcobo and his team planted 300 trees in the Inanda area and 2 000 trees were planted in Hammarsdale on Tuesday.

They are also involved in clean-up campaigns at the beachfront.

In her speech on Tuesday, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, said the South African forestry sector is recognised as a high potential growth sector of the economy and an important development vehicle.

She also highlighted the upcoming World Forestry Congress, which will be hosted at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC.

The minister said it will be the first forestry congress to be held on African soil since the event’s inception in Rome in 1926.

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