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					6                                                                         DIKGANG TSA MOGALE NEWS                                                                                 October 2007

                                                     FOCUS ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Going green
to celebrate
Arbor Week
Children get in on act
and plant trees at school
BY SIPHO NONE AND CLIFFORD MOGOTSI      tress in that the more we plant trees
                                        the greater chances of us reducing
            ational Arbor Week          the level of global warming, which

N           celebrations got off to a
            rosy start when two
            schools within Mogale
City planted trees in a move to
highlight the importance of trees
                                        could result in increasing the level
                                        of skin-related diseases.”
                                            The cherry on top was when
                                        Maritz Mahlangu of the agriculture
                                        department donated six “starter
and to counter the much talked          packs” to the Thembile’s
about global warming.                   stakeholders involved in the school’s
   The two schools – Thembile and       vegetable garden. He said the packs,
Die Poort primary schools in Kagiso     which included a fork, rake, water
and Hekpoort respectively   ,           can, hosepipes, spade and seeds, will
celebrated the week-long initiative     be used by the schools and will have
themed “Plant a tree – Grow our         to benefit learners through the
future” by planting trees within the    schools’ feeding scheme.
schools premises to highlight the           Arbor Week, which originated
importance of trees.                    1872 in the United States territory of
   The glamourous celebrations          Nebraska, intends to promote a
held on separate dates and              better understanding of trees,
venues attracted the local folks,       particularly indigenous trees and to     HARD AT WORK: Councillor Iris Makola plants a tree during the celebration of Arbor Week.
school learners and various             highlight the important role trees
stakeholders and sponsors such as       play in sustainable development,
the Food and Tress for Africa,          and the livelihoods of people and        separate areas and said: “The          department’s representative                  Leon van Zyl, the parks specialist
Kyocera, departments of education,      their environment.                       purpose of Arbor week is to plant      challenged the sponsors and said:        at the Integrated Environment
agriculture and Water Affairs and           Councillors Nomalanga                ceremonial trees, educate children      As
                                                                                                                        “ the education department we            Management directorate said: “This
Forestry as well as councillors.        Ntamane and Maxwell “Molotov”            and adults about the importance of     want to challenge sponsors and           year only we intend to plant 30 trees
   Hubert Matrose, Thembile             Khuzwayo graced the occasion, and        trees, and honour the important role   stakeholders here today to take up                             ,
                                                                                                                                                                 around Mogale City and our focus
principal reminded the audiences        Khuzwayo drew the curtain down,          trees play in our daily lives.         the challenge of assisting learners,     areas will mainly be in the rural
that “planting of tress should not      by planting tress much to the delight       “Schools have recognised the        particularly in the rural areas with     areas. In the past we neglected the
only be an issue that has to be         of the observers and audiences.          importance of planting trees to        the necessary resources.                 rural areas, and it is our turn
attended to by schools. It’s an issue       In Hekpoort Councillor               improve the environment and I             “We wish to see these learners        to give attention to these areas.”
that is affecting us both educators     Mapontsho Makola, who                    would like to commend all those        through institutions of higher and           Ward councillor Dennis Thabe
and non-educators.                      represented mayor Calvin Koketso         involved in the greening of Mogale     be good citizens in future, and I hope   presented learners with certificates,
   “We also like to teach our           Seerane, shared Matrose’s views          City and food garden projects.”        this celebration will serve as a         donated by the Food and Trees for
learners about the importance of        despite addressing the audiences in         Judith Dude, the education          springboard towards that goal.”          Africa.

Park rises from a heap of rubbish                                                                                                                                    PUBLIC
BY SIPHO NONE AND CLIFFORD MOGOTSI      landscape flower bed which will             However, Mzimba added that the      people chose to dump refuse here
                                        resemble the rainbow nation.             park will be handed over to the        which is not good for the                  The ratepayers within the
The once rubble-and-refuse-infested        “We will plants trees around the      community after it’s completed.        community particularly the
                                                                                                                                     ,                             Mogale City Local Municipality
open space in a secluded space in       park for shade and design a shaded          Ward councillor Raletlhodi          children.”                                 (MCLM) are hereby notified
ward 5 Kagiso extension 12 has been     table adorned with the indigenous        Kekae, who was part of the cleaning        SA Breweries corporate social          that a service provider has been
converted into a park and a             games on it for people to refresh and    operation together with his            responsibility co-ordinator Thabile        appointed to conduct
recreation facility .                   relax,” said Leon van Zyl, the           constituency said: “The area has
                                                                                               ,                        Kubheka said: “This is part of our         inspections and valuations of all
    The still-to-be-named park and      directorate’s parks specialist and       been declared a park since the         social responsibility projects. We         rateable properties within
leisure resource had once been a        Wiseman Mzimba waste                     reclamation of the area.               elected to work and partner with the       MCLM as of August 1 2007.
health hazard to the community and,     management acting manager in a              “However, it was never developed    municipality on projects that                  The details of the service
will soon be a haven of good times.     joint statement.                         into full fledged park before; hence   benefit the community    .                 provider are as follows:
    The rehabilitation of the area                                                                                          “For us it is the beginning of             Name of Service provider:
into a fully fledged park came as a                                                                                     bigger things to come and we want          DDP Valuers
result of a social responsibility                                                                                       to create a long-standing                      Contact person:
partnership between the city’s                                                                                          relationship with the municipality         Chantel Matthews:
Integrated Environment                                                                                                  on various social responsibility               Tel: 011 953 6121
Management directorate (DIEM)                                                                                           projects, and are looking forward to           We encourage all
and SA Breweries in Chamdor.                                                                                            working with them in future.”              property owners and tenants
    The park is sandwiched between                                                                                          In a move to stop illegal dumping      to fully support the valuation
Langeberg and Mogalesberg streets                                                                                       in open spaces around Mogale City   ,      process by allowing the
where temporary post-boxes were                                                                                         Mzimba said his department has             service provider access to their
placed, and will feature aspects that                                                                                   enlisted the services of a prosecutor      properties.
are usually found at up-market                                                                                          at the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s                For more information
parks. The design of the                                                                                                Court, who is prepared to work with        on this issue please contact
recreational area was done by the                                                                                       them in enforcing the city’s by-laws       Pelekelo Mwiya on
DIEM employees.                                                                                                         on illegal dumping.                        011 951 2301 or email him at
    “This is the first cleaning                                                                                             “Our by-laws have been gazetted
campaign since the Spring season                                                                                        and ready to be enforced. The
kicked in, and we thank our                                                                                             assigned prosecutor will work
partners at SA Breweries for joining                                                                                    with us together with the public
us in the rehabilitation of the area                                                                                    safety department to enforce and
into a complete park.                   OUT OF THE DIRT: Mogale City officials, sponsors and some of the                arrest those guilty of transgressing
    The park will feature a free        community members at the cleaning site which is now a park.                     the by-laws,” Mzimba said.