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Konica Minolta South Africa strengthens its commitment to environmental sustainability

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Extended partnership with Food & Trees for Africa shows greater reach can effect positive change in more communities
 
Konica Minolta Indaba, an authorised dealer of Konica Minolta South Africa, has joined the Konica Minolta South Africa tree-donation initiative and strengthened its commitment to environmental sustainability.
The partnership, now in its 11th year, sees Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, partner with Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA). FTFA is an organisation dedicated to addressing food security and environmental sustainability, while also emphasising education and skills training.
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The Power of Individual Giving

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In February 2019 Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) began a Trees for Homes project in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. This project is an amazing example of the power of individual giving. A private donor, the Yuill Family, have sponsored 750 fruit trees to be distributed to 375 households in the Mafahlawane Community, near Newcastle. This is a community is close to the family's hearts; and they want to see impact growing for this special place.
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Global food systems are failing humanity and speeding up climate change: New report from 130 national academies issues wake-up call to leaders on eve of COP24

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The current approach to food, nutrition, agriculture, and the environment is unsustainable and must change. There is no time to waste, say the 130 national academies of science and medicine across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe that compose the InterAcademy Partnership.
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Monthly Tree Donations Make an Impact

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Even with a small budget, you, and even your company, can help Food & Trees for Africa further our cause of planting trees at schools throughout South Africa.

Food & Trees for Africa have many sponsors who sponsor trees monthly to the Trees for All Programme. These tree donations are accumulated and matched with beneficiaries (mainly primary schools) on our waiting list who have applied for fruit and shade trees.
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Quantifying the Benefit of Trees

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To mark a decade of planting trees with Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) this year, we re-visited Orange Farm near Johannesburg, where the tree planting partnership began in 2008. There, we visited established trees and tasted preserved peaches from the fruit trees planted 10 years ago.
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Returning for the Harvest of Gardens for Homes – With Tiger Brands

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In April 2018, Food & Trees for Africa and Tiger Brands partnered to distribute 500 home gardens in the community of Mohlakeng near Johannesburg. We returned in November 2018 to evaluate the homes, drop seasonal seeds and seedlings, and to help the Community Educators trouble-shoot any problems faced by the community as a whole.
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EduPlant announces this year's competition winners

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EduPlant, South Africa’s leading food gardening and greening programme, held its biennial schools competition in the first week of October this year. Each of the 66 finalist schools competed for the honoured title of Best Permaculture School Garden in the country and, on the afternoon of the prize-giving and gala lunch, over R430 000 worth of prizes were distributed. EduPlant, initiated and managed by Food & Trees for Africa in partnership with The Woolworths Trust, saw an action-packed week of workshops and presentations and ended in roaring success: everyone was a winner!
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10 Years of Tree Planting with Konica Minolta South Africa Bear Fruit

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JOHANNESBURG – 27th September 2018 – “In winter we don’t have morogo, and we don’t have milk, but we do have peaches.” These were the words of Mrs Maphutsi holding up a jar of preserved peaches at a tree planting event in Orange Farm near Johannesburg on the 26th September 2018. Mrs Maphutsi was a beneficiary of a donation of peach trees in 2008, and to this day is able to harvest, eat, preserve, feed the children in her care and earn an income from the trees.
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2300 Trees Planted with GMSA this Arbor Month

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In September 2018 Grinding Media South Africa (GMSA) planted 2300 trees in Vosloorus, Katlehong and Thokoza in support of National Arbor Month. This national tree-planting programme contributes to the development of greenbelts and the partnership will see fruit and indigenous shade trees planted in these areas furthering the mission of growing urban food forests in the area.
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Announcing the Schools Competing in the EduPlant Permaculture Competition 2018

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Food & Trees for Africa and The Woolworths Trust are proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 EduPlant Competition Awards. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony, taking place on Thursday 4 October 2018 at Konka Camp in Rustenburg. This year, sixty-six finalist schools have been selected from a total of over 300 school entries from across the country. A short list of 280 schools were visited by the Food & Trees for Africa facilitators who assessed each project and selected the finalists.
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