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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!

“Over the past 24 years, EduPlant has gone from strength to strength as a champion of sustainable farming through school-based and cluster workshops,” said Robyn Hills, FTFA Programme Manager. “Awareness and knowledge of nutrition and eco-friendly permaculture farming is built in communities where hunger is an issue for millions of South Africans. As we have seen, at the 2018 EduPlant Finals, these schools’ food gardens supplement feeding schemes while educating learners about climate change, community resilience, healthy environments and natural vegetable production. EduPlant schools are taking effective action for a #ZeroHunger future.”

This year, the winning schools are:

Provincial
Gauteng: Kwa-Phalo Primary School
Free State: Nozala Intermediate School
Kwa-Zulu Natal: Mazwendoda Secondary School
Limpopo: Semana Primary School
Eastern Cape: Emafini Primary School
Northern Cape: Leerkrans Intermediate School
Mpumalanga: Mbatini Primary School
Western Cape: Hout Bay High School
North West: Edisang Primary School

Emerging
3rd: Lerole Primary School (Free State)
2nd: Maqhama Primary School (Kwa-Zulu Natal)
1st: Golden Steps Special School (Kwa-Zulu Natal)

Intermediate
3rd: Lareng Primary School (Northern Cape)
2nd: Leubaneng Primary School (Mpumalanga)
1st: Shea O Connor Combine School (Kwa-Zulu Natal)

Advanced
3rd: Jamangile Primary School (Eastern Cape)
2nd: Mabandla Primary School (Eastern Cape)
1st: Nobanda Primary School (Kwa-Zulu Natal)

Mentoring
3rd: Londhinda Primary School (Mpumalanga)
2nd: Konanani Primary School (Limpopo)
1st: Moriting Primary School (Limpopo)

Each finalist schools received R1,500 in cash on top of educational resources, stationery and seeds. The winning schools in the Provincial category received a gardening tool-set worth R5,000 along with R6000. In the Emerging, Intermediate and Advanced categories, the first prize for each school was R18,000 cash, the second prize was R12,000 cash, and the third prize was R8,000 cash. All the category finalists receive a two-week Permaculture Design Course for the educators. For those schools who won in the Mentoring category, the sought-after title and first prize was R30,000, R15,000 for second place, and R10,000 for third place.

A huge congratulations to all the learners and educators involved. We are very proud of the 2018 EduPlant winners and had a wonderful time celebrating all the finalist schools.

We look forward to seeing who will be on the winners list in 2020!


















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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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Growing Food, Farmers and Futures: Enhancing Food Security And Household Nutrition With Farmers in the eThekwini Region

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Food & Trees for Africa’s KwaZulul-Natal branch has provided training, support, skills development and mentorship to 60 small scale farmers within the eThekwini Region from 2015 to 2018 through the Farmer Eco-Enterprise Development (FEED) Africa Programme.

The sites range from 0,5ha to 16ha. Training workshops were conducted to assist the farmers to upskill from subsistence to semi-commercial level. At the end of the three year programme, 65% of the
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100 Trees Planted at Fort Hare University in Honour of Madiba

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ALICE – 21 September 2018 – On the 21st of September representatives from the East London branch of Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA), a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, visited Fort Hare University for the planting of 100 trees in honour of Madiba. This was the fourth and final tree planting in the region since July 2018. These tree plantings form part of KMSA’s commitment to donate 500 trees in remembrance of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, in areas where the great man spent his formative years.
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10 Years of Tree Planting with Konica Minolta South Africa

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JOHANNESBURG – September 2018 – This September, Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA), a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, and Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA) are celebrating a decade of planting trees together.

The tree planting partnership began in September 2008 when KMSA donated 3,500 trees to FTFA programme, Trees for Homes, in Orange Farm, near Johannesburg. Through the project over 3,000 homes in the area received trees (either fruit or shade trees), and many schools and community centres in the area also received trees.
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Shoprite’s Hustle Entrepreneur of the Month, PLNK Watches donates to FTFA

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Boitumelo Jegeh of PLNK Watches, is one of Shoprite’s Hustle Entrepreneurs of the Month for July 2018. Shoprite writes, “There’s a new generation of entrepreneurs emerging from our communities. Boitumelo is one of them, using social media as her greatest sales tool to create the hype and demand for her product, PLNK Watches. She started an e-commerce store that sells designer watches crafted from reclaimed wood. This allows her customers to add their own personal touches, which Boitumelo graciously adds to these unique orders. There’s more to this upcoming entrepreneur than likes, shares and check-outs. She donates a percentage of PLNK Watches’ earnings to Food & Trees for Africa to help make a change in the real world.

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Shoprite Market Day – 1 September 2018

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In the build up to Spring Day, many community organisations supported by Shoprite will be selling fresh produce at a Checkers / Shoprite store on Saturday, 1st of September 2018. This opportunity will not only enable these organisations to generate extra income, but it is also an opportunity for them to interact with customers and inform them about the good work being done in and around their community through food gardens. Shoprite has been supporting most of these organisations with starting their own food gardens and preparing them to be able to sustain it in the long run. Furthermore, they will be giving away free tin seedlings to the first 50 customers as a token of their appreciation for the support. Don’t miss out on this great initiative!

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National Arbor Month with Food & Trees for Africa

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This Arbor Month is starting with a bang – with the planting of over 6400 trees nationally in 2018. We’re planting trees at homes and schools throughout the country.

Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) will be attending the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) launch of National Arbor Month on the 7th of September 2018 at Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela Local Municipality, Mpumalanga. Historically Arbor Week, 2018 marks the first year of incorporating the entire month of September into Arbor Month.
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