The SAPS in both Graskop and Pilgrim’s Rest celebrated Mandela Day on July 18 by planting trees. Not just any trees, but those that will bear fruit for future generations.
Six trees were planted on the grounds of the police station in Graskop, including avocado, nut and naartjie trees. The local cluster commander Major-General Mashele, from Acornhoek, joined the function and planted one of the trees.
The other trees were planted by Captain Ndlovukazi Mashele, Graskop Station Commander, and SAPS members attached to the station. They were assisted by a number of local tourism monitors.
In Pilgrim’s Rest the SAPS, together with the local CPF, chose citrus trees as they grow well in the area. The trees were donated by Joubert and Sons Citrus based in Schoemanskloof.
Under the watchful eye of the local station commander, Captain Abraham Mashabela, three trees were planted at Pilgrim’s Rest Primary School and two at the Pilgrim’s Rest Secondary School. The focus of community crime prevention at the station is on the youth, which is why they decided to plant the trees at the schools.