North Coast residents encouraged to protect indigenous trees

2016-09-08 06:00
Pupils from Tongaat schools gathered at the V. Moonsamy Hall to celebrate Arbor Week.  Photo: andile sithole

Pupils from Tongaat schools gathered at the V. Moonsamy Hall to celebrate Arbor Week. Photo: andile sithole

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NATIONAL Arbor week is a seven­-day initiative aimed at promoting awareness on nature conservation and to encourage residents to plant trees in their communities.

The Tongaat community and pupils from various schools met at V. Moonsamy Hall in Buffesdale on Tuesday, 6 September for a tree-planting ceremony to celebrate National Arbor Week.

Guests from various organisations urged the community to protect indigenous trees.

Every year the Keep Tongaat Beautiful Association, in conjunction with eThekwini Municipality, donates trees during Arbor Week to encourage the community to protect indigenous plants.

Deputy chairperson of Keep Tongaat, Bala Moonsamy, said: “This year we were unable to donate trees due to the drought.

“However, throughout September we will be planting trees and encouraging our community to do the same,” he said.

Silverdale Primary principal, Robin Maharaj, supported the initiative of planting indigenous trees.

Maharaj advised the community to heed the call by the national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to conserve indigenous trees in South Africa.

“We have to start planting trees in our communities and we have to find methods about how we can save water.

“Working together we can take this country far and support the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in its endeavour to maintain and protect indigenous trees.

“The intention of Arbor Week is to promote awareness about the need to plant trees throughout the country,” he said.

The day culminated with speeches by Tongaat primary and secondary school pupils, with them promising to preserve nature.

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