City staff plant garden at Zerilda

2015-07-21 06:00
City staff and officials in the indigenous garden planted at Zerilda Primary School on Friday last week as part of their Mandela Day celebrations.

City staff and officials in the indigenous garden planted at Zerilda Primary School on Friday last week as part of their Mandela Day celebrations.

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Extreme weather did not deter City officials from investing Mandela Day time in Village Heights on Friday last week.

Various activities formed part of how City officials celebrated Mandela Day while seeing to some of the needs of Zerilda Primary School in Village Heights

These activities included planting a variety of indigenous plants and seeds, helping with environmental education activities for children facilitated by Zandvlei Nature Reserve staff, painting a play park and clearing a school sports field of rocks and building debris.

According to a statement City officials have been working in the Seawinds area, specifically in Village Heights, for around three years through the “Friends and neighbours: The other side of the fence” initiative. This initiative is run by the False Bay Nature Reserve and aims to integrate surrounding communities with the important natural assets in the reserve through environmental education and green jobs.

Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, says the event on Friday was not only held to honour the legacy of former president Nelson Mandela.

“Importantly, we are not only celebrating the legacy of this great man, we are also celebrating the culture of volunteerism. I thank our officials and the other volunteers for not being deterred by the extremely wet weather and showing how we all have to work together to make progress possible,” Van der Merwe says.

He adds the turnout at the event was encouraging as staff and residents came out to support the days activities.

“Zerilda Primary School in Seawinds, near Lavender Hill, is attended by a number of children from the Village Heights community.

“The Mandela Day activities, aimed at improving the facilities at the school, were initiated by Village Heights parents. This sort of response from the community is very encouraging as it highlights how, through programmes such as the ‘Friends and neighbours’ initiative, a sense of pride and ownership is being cultivated,” he says.

The school plans to use the indigenous garden a primary tool for the environmental education programme.

It also provides a biodiversity link to a community nature garden currently under construction at Village Heights as part of False Bay Nature Reserve’s “friends and neighbours” programme

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