JOHANNESBURG - The City of Ekurhuleni said on Monday that 400 marula and apple leaf trees had been planted in Etwatwa and Barcelona since the beginning of September to kick-start national arbor month.
The planting was done in partnership with the Gauteng department of agriculture and rural development, and the national department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
The city said it had committed to embarking on a drive to plant 1600 trees during September in areas such as Alra Park, Duduza, Winnie Mandela in Tembisa, and Tokoza.
"Trees are a source of life. They provide us with oxygen and shade on a sunny day. Trees also serve as a shield during stormy seasons, and they prevent soil erosion. It is therefore very important for us to continue planting as many trees as possible and to educate each other about the significance of having trees in our environment," said Ekurhuleni’s head of department for environmental resources and waste management services, Faith Mabindisa.
"We call on members of the community to care for the trees, not to cut them down, and to nurture them."