Awqaf South Africa, an NGO focusing on sustainable growth in communities, in partnership with the municipality and the False Bay Nature Reserve, hosted the planting events.
At each school, three waterbessie trees and an olive tree were planted. The waterbessie is an indigenous, evergreen tree with waxy leaves, ideal for the high water table on the Cape Flats. It reaches about 15m at maturity.
Olive trees, which can provide fruit for thousands of years, were planted as a symbolic gesture of peace, and a living monument against gender violence, currently traumatising the country.
“The dove and the olive are partners in peace, and by planting the olive tree we plant hope into the soil. One day the dove will rest in its branches and complete the cycle,” said Awqaf South Africa deputy chief executive Mickaeel Collier.