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Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is South Africa’s social and environmental enterprise improving lives and landscapes towards healthy people on a healthier planet, since 1990. Over 4.2 million trees, 1000's of permaculture food gardens, bamboo projects and organic farms have been planted for poor communities. Read More...

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Greening and feeding this Mandela Day

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In honour of Mandela Day and in the spirit of giving back to the community, City Property will be spending their 67#Minutes and beyond, tackling grass roots issues that affect the poorest of the poor in South Africa.
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#67Minutes – Doing good makes you feel good

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18 July, International Mandela Day, is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact.

According to Michael Steger, a psychologist at the University of Louisville in Kentucky who conducted a study on whether people are happier pursuing pleasure or doing good, he found that the more people participated in meaningful activities, the happier they were and the more purposeful their lives felt.
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A green initiative for Youth Day

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As South Africa marks the 40th anniversary of Youth Day, the South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB), a business unit of South African Tourism, observed the day by putting the spotlight on the future of the country’s business events industry.
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Dr Mathole Motshekga Primary School in Tembisa to host launch of International Mandela Day

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Mandela Day 2016 will be launched by Ms Graça Machel, wife of the late statesman and international icon at the Dr Mathole Motshekga Primary School in Tembisa on Wednesday 8 June 2016.
 
In celebrating seven years of Mandela Day this year, we thought it is important to stay true to the ethos and values of the initiative. The format of the announcement will be a first. We’re not only talking about Mandela Day activities, we are doing them,“ said Yase Godlo, Manager of Mandela day at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
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Konica Minolta South Africa receives certified carbon neutral status for third consecutive year

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The Carbon Protocol of South Africa (CPSA), an independent third party verifier has again certified Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, as carbon neutral in 2016. This is the third year in a row that the leader in business document imaging and management has achieved this status, which was earned through calculating its carbon footprint, the implementation of company-wide energy efficiency initiatives and the subsequent offsetting of the remaining emissions.
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Woolworths Staff volunteers take time out to assist EduPlant schools

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For two decades the EduPlant programme, a flagship Food & Trees for Africa initiative, implemented in partnership with the Woolworths Trust for the last 12 years, has supported the development of sustainable food gardens. This natural farming and greening helps schools and their surrounding communities to create abundant gardens with year-round harvests using permaculture practices.
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Konica Minolta South Africa Gives Back To The Eastern Cape

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Konica Minolta South Africa recently undertook one of its most fulfilling corporate social investment (CSI) projects ever, helping to 'green' the Eastern Cape in a tribute to the province’s favourite son, Nelson Mandela.
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Oricol Environmental Services: Extending a helping hand to Emmangweni Primary School

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Living and working with purpose, committed to preserving our environment” is the premise on which Oricol Environmental Services operates. The name 'ORICOL' originates from the combination of two words, to communicate an all-encompassing understanding of their business and core offerings. 'ORI' refers to the 'origins' of the earth and 'COL' alludes to 'collaboration'. With this encompassing mission statement, it was only a matter of time before Oricol approached greening organisation, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) to form a partnership and address the direct needs of communities.
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Konica Minolta South Africa to leave living, growing tribute to Mandela in Eastern Cape

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EAST LONDON  - Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, is planning to not only help to enrich the lives of the Eastern Cape community in April this year, but also to pay homage to the province’s most beloved son, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
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SCHOOLS URGED TO ENTER COMPETITION CELEBRATING ABUNDANT FOOD GARDENS & CLIMATE RESILIENCE

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EduPlant begins the year with five one-day workshops in each province, 45 workshops that will reach thousands of people. These are supplemented by 252 training days nationally.
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African Climate Reality Project finding new ways to promote Renewable Energy
African Climate Reality Project
Introducing more renewable energy into the energy mix of African countries is urgently needed to reduce our carbon emissions and avoid the extreme impacts of runaway climate change. ACRP’s new campaign on The Success of Renewable Energies in Africa aims at increasing the understanding surrounding the far-reaching implications of African countries’ choice of their energy system – and particularly the positive effects of renewable energy – in terms of sustainability (greenhouse gas emissions, water usage), jobs and livelihoods, health, access to electricity for all, transparency, to name a few! Read more
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Food and Trees for Africa Plants a Growing Green Legacy
Trees for All Programme
Food & Trees for Africa have been planting trees since 1990. 4.5 million is a number we mention frequently - the number of trees planted to date. Although impressive, this metric is meaningless without the impact stories that accompany it. The stories of growing pools of shade, harvests of fruit, watering and nurturing and learning through care for trees.
 
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FTFA Mourns the Loss of "Ntati Joe"
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Joseph Matimba, 48, a pioneer of permaculture in South Africa, was killed in a tragic bus accident in Zimbabwe on 5 April 2017. After weeks of trying to find out what had become of Mr Matimba, the terrible news that he was travelling on a Johannesburg-bound Proliner Bus that had crashed and burned was confirmed on 26 April when Mr Matimba’s name appeared in the official list of the 31 victims of the fatal accident.
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Coronation Fund Managers Greening Mamelodi
Trees for Homes
Coronation Fund Managers and Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) are celebrating Earth Day by planting 1 500 trees nationwide. Coronation has noticed that presentation print-outs and flyers are often discarded by delegates at its regular conferences. This year, Coronation is donating the money that would have been spent on conference packs to low-income communities which have applied for trees. This intervention will create temporary employment, green the environment, and reduce its environmental impact. The trees will sequester 553.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
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Joburg Can
African Climate Reality Project
Residents of Johannesburg are urged to get behind the call to switch the city to 100% renewable energy by 2050. This campaign urges Johannesburg to divest from fossil fuels and prioritise climate-friendly, affordable energy generation technologies such as solar and wind. Moving Johannesburg towards 100% renewables isn’t just about reducing the carbon footprint of our energy sector. It is also about creating jobs and improving the living conditions & health of the residents.The initiative is a collaboration between the African Climate Reality Project hosted by Food & Trees for Africa, and the Climate Action Network International (CAN). Read more
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