“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffett
More than 40 Grade 4 pupils from Diepsloot Primary School No. 4 planted indigenous trees at the school this week as part of celebrating Arbor Week and Tourism Month . The trees were donated by Samsonite.
GDE has partnered with Tsogo Sun and an environmental partner, Miss Earth SA, to uplift the school for the next six years, contributing to the environmental improvement of the school grounds as well as installing and planting vegetable tunnels for the school feeding scheme.
Miss Earth SA is a leadership programme that annually empowers about 60 young South African women ‘ambassadors’ with knowledge and a platform to make a sustainable difference in combating the destruction of our natural heritage. In the past five years, Tsogo Sun and Miss Earth have planted thousands of trees, going some way towards offsetting the group’s carbon footprint.
As part of the Miss Earth SA leadership programme, 16 young women from across South Africa have been involved in different environmental and social projects as well as other efforts in uplifting their communities for the last six months. From different provinces across South Africa, the women have been hosting tree planting and food security projects, clean-ups, collection drives and school educational workshops - all under the banner of this year’s theme: #WasteStopsWithMe.
National Arbor Week is an annual government initiative to encourage all South Africans to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable and environmental management.