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 NOTICE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.