Pata pupils join green fight on global warming

2008-09-09 00:00

Pupils at Pata Secondary in Dambuza had a lesson from some of their favourite celebrities yesterday about the importance of the environment and agriculture and the fight against global warming.

Keep our Schools Green, a project run in partnership with the SABC’s Green Revolution initiative, was launched at the school by Agricultural and Environmental Affairs MEC Mtholephi Mthimkhulu.

Pata was one of the five schools visited in the Pietermaritzburg area yesterday for the planting of mainly fruit trees.

More schools will be visited throughout KZN to encourage participation in greening South Africa.

Among those present were, gospel singer Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Gagasi radio disc jockey China man and Ukhozi FM radio personality Linda Sibiya.

The pupils soon learned that celebrities were not there only to entertain, but stood in their capacities as brand ambassadors for the project.

Mthimkhulu said poverty in the KwaZulu-Natal can be attributed to the fact that South Africans have moved away from the soil and turned natural vegetation into barren land though various activities by both humans and animals.

“There are not enough trees … which leaves these areas unattractive, dry and dusty. The Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs is therefore committed to planting trees. We are committed to ensuring that communities are empowered to both contribute to nature by planting trees and to share in the benefits from trees and the environment.”

He said yesterday was part of a project that will see at least 120 000 fruit trees planted in KZN. “Let the whole province plant trees everywhere, in our homesteads, in our schools, streets and parks and all over the province.”

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