South Africa annually celebrates Arbor Week in the first week of September. National Arbor Week is an opportune time to call on all South Africans to plant indi-genous trees as a practical and symbolic ge-sture of sustainable environmental manage-ment.
Arbor month provides all sectors with the opportunity to raise awareness and to par-ticipate in greening initiatives and encou-rages all communities to be part of activities.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, as the custodian of the cam-paign, encourages everyone, even the youth, to participate in tree planting activities and related environmental education pro-grammes. It highlights the essential role trees play in sustainable development and the livelihoods of people and their environ-ment, now and for the future.
Heeding the call, Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen Mine planted trees at the Siyathemba com-
munity hall on Friday 08 September to com-memorate the national arbor week 2017.
Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi led the delegation and representatives from the local government and the community, which included the Gamagara Municipal Mayor, Councillor Edwin Hantise.
Mr Mkhwanazi highlighted the importance of planting trees in the environment and en-couraged the community to assist in pre-serving these trees and to continue to plant more trees at various places so that they are not lost to us and future generations.
“We believe that working together we can take greening forward in this community. As a corporate citizen, Sishen mine has a role to play to offset the carbon emissions. Thus, we will be planting 450 trees for this year, which will be in addition to the 2000 trees already planted in Siyathemba and 6446 planted over the past five years in the Sishen area. The mine also has initiatives to assist
in protecting and preserving the indigenous trees in the Sishen area. Indigenous trees are a heritage to our society”, said Mr Mkhwanazi in his address.
Planting indigenous trees in the communi-ties in which Sishen mine operates, is testament that the mine cares for those com-munities and the environment. This will gua-rantee that the company leaves behind a good legacy for generations to come.
The mayor, Councillor Hantise, thanked the leadership of Kumba Iron Ore for the role they play in the growth and development of the area and their efforts in preserving the environment.
“These trees will be the heritage of Siya-themba and I appeal to the community to protect and nurture them. I believe by work-ing together, the municipality and Kumba will be able to achieve more,” concluded the mayor.
KIO Sishen communication
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