Michele du Plessis
National Arbor Week, September 1st to the 7th, is a time when South Africans of all ages celebrate the beauty and the importance of trees. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), as the custodian of forestry in South Africa, is responsible for the campaign.
September is also heritage month and as we celebrate Arbor Week, the department also focuses on the country’s champion trees which include some of the oldest, largest and culturally significant trees. This is a time to educate people about the benefits of commercial forestry, the metropolitan forests (referring to the trees, plants and lawns in cities and towns) and our indigenous forests. Awareness about the dangers of forest fires is raised and many school children are educated about the general benefits of trees and ‘greening’ their communities
NTT Toyota Hazyview is a team that not only are passionate about cars and good service to the community of Hazyview. They are also passionate about trees. NTT Toyota Hazyview has been doing business in Hazyview for the past six years and since 2017 has been going forward with the LM Mokoena High School. This high school was established in 1985 and is rumoured to be the ‘best high school in Mariti’. The school has 695 learners and the matric pass rate for the last three years was 88%+. The school also boasts a vegetable garden.
Present at the Arbor Day celebrations at the school were Terence Jenkins, Gerhard Gouws and James Nkabinde, all from NNT Toyota Hazyview who donated the trees, as well as ST Nhlangwini, Principal, FJ Thoihakale, Deputy Principal and Mr Ngobe, SGB member and other dignitaries. During the short program, the importance of trees for a future generation, climate change and the fight against global warming was stated and James Nkabinde said a few short words on behalf of NTT Toyota Hazyview. The choir of LM Mokoena High School also sang during the short program.
The 24 fruit trees were planted for shade and the fruit that they will yield in the future. The trees planted were macadamia, lemon, naartjie, mango, avocado pear, litchi and pecan nut trees.
The team of NTT Toyota Hazyview with the school dignitaries and the guests with the trees that were donated.