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Planting a Legacy this Arbor Month

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14,137 Trees and Counting - Planting a Legacy this Arbor Month - Media Release 2017 – Food & Trees for Africa

JOHANNESBURG - September 01 2017 - The 1st of September, Arbor Day, will see Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) and their partners planting trees at five schools across four provinces in South Africa. This is the beginning of a month of intensive planting where at least 14,137 trees will be planted across the country. We encouraged all individuals, organisations and businesses to “Plant a Legacy” with us this Arbor month - and they have stepped up to the challenge. Despite these commitments we have almost 2000 schools on our national database waiting to receive trees, and are encouraging those who have not yet made a donation, to do so.

Arbor Day and Arbor Week is a time for all South Africans to celebrate trees and reflect on the benefits they yield in terms of our environment, and our society. Not only do they offset carbon emissions, they significantly improve quality of life. “It is essential that we keep planting in tree-less urban and rural areas so that all South Africans feel the benefit of trees,” says Emily Jones, Trees and Carbon Manager at FTFA. “With the current sponsors on board we have been able to make significant progress in our aim to green South Africa.”

Absa Vehicle Asset Finance will be planting 8,728 trees through its Green Vehicle Asset Finance offering, which plants one tree for every low carbon vehicle sold. These trees will be planted across Food & Trees for Africa’s Greenbelt in Katlehong, Thokoza and Vosloorus. They will be planted at 3500 homes and over 50 schools.

Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA), a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, have committed to plant 1810 trees this month at schools, community centres and clinics in Johannesburg, Polokwane and Newcastle. This is a part of an ongoing partnership where KMSA plants trees to offset their carbon footprint. Through this donation about 70 schools and community institutions will receive fruit and indigenous shade trees.  

Tiger Brands have recognised the importance of environmental resilience within the context of food security and are planting 1000 trees as the first phase of a gardens for homes programme in Mohlakeng in Johannesburg. Fruit trees will enable these gardens to have a diversity of harvest, and the indigenous shade trees will improve soil fertility and overall yield. This is part of a longer term food security project across 8 communities nationally. You cannot nourish a nation without nourishing the environment.

1000 trees have been donated by Ackermans for greening of Mamelodi, a township east of Pretoria. 325 homes will receive 1 shade and 1 fruit tree each and about 10 schools, community centres and clinics in the area will also receive trees. Property REIT, Octodec Investments has also committed to plant 750 trees at homes in Mamelodi, helping us to systematically green the area ward by ward. This forms part of Octodec’s strategy to foster sustainability in the build environment.

The Public Investment Corporation have committed to plant 750 trees in Ga Rankuwa - to be planted at homes in the area. The new RDP houses will really become homes when the homeowners receive trees for their new gardens.

We’d like to also thank the following sponsors for coming on board to help us plant trees at schools across the country: AON, Fidelity, Nampak Limited, The Foschini Group, National Bioproducts Institute, Avis and Kulula.com. Their donations have gone towards the planting of trees at 22 schools nationally.

Through these activities 172 schools, community centres and clinics will be matched with trees, 5216 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide will be offset and 180 Community Educators will be trained as climate and tree planting champions in their communities, and receive short term employment. What a great legacy we’re planting to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Set It Right

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Arbor Month 2017 – Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) launches new programme with innovative social tech
Fundraising for communities and the environment using integrated Social Media Platform
24 August 2017 - On 01 September 2017, as part of their Arbor Month campaign, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) will be launching a first-of-its-kind social media platform to raise money for the environment and communities in South Africa.
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Nourishing The Nation with Tiger Brands

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Tiger Brands approached FTFA in 2017, to assist with food garden training and support for 8 community feeding schemes which Tiger Brands supports. The training has focused on introducing participants to natural farming methods, and jump starting existing vegetable gardens to maximise production. The permaculture aspects which have been covered work towards ensuring sustainability of these projects. To support the training, resources are provided and include: educational posters, seeds, fruit trees, compost, seedlings, tools and The Growing Green book.

Eventually we hope to work with these community groups to start supplying their feeding schemes with fresh and nutritious vegetables.
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#PlantYourLegacy with FTFA this Arbor Month

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Arbor Week is around the corner and we are gearing up for some nationwide greening activity. Applications have flooded in from schools, centres, urban farms, clinics and under resourced neighbourhoods for tree planting on their premises. You can help us match these applications with tree donations!
 
Get in touch to help. Your donations big or small will have a lasting legacy.
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Trees and Temperature

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According to a recent report by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Gauteng’s temperatures are increasing at double the rate of global temperatures. This is due to two factors, global temperature trends and the heat island effect experienced in an incredibly urbanised province.

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Importance of Trees For Air Quality and World Lung Cancer Day

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For six years, every August 1st, organizations, patients, caregivers, medical professionals and more commemorate and support World Lung Cancer Day to raise awareness of lung cancer while working toward making lung cancer a chronically manageable disease. To celebrate World Lung Cancer Day, we’ve prepared a few lung cancer prevention tips with the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center to raise awareness on the importance of air quality and the role trees play with purifying the air.



Why does air quality matter?

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Planting a Growing Legacy in Mandela’s Footsteps

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This year Konica Minolta South Africa are returning to Mandela’s area of birth to donate trees to schools and community centres in the region. Working with their CSI partner, Food & Trees for Africa, Konica Minolta have donated 99 trees to both Qunu and Mvezo near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. The 99 trees planted in each village commemorate 99 years since Mandela’s birth.


This initiative follows in the wake of 95 trees donated in 2016 to Lamyeni, Alice, Mvezo and Qunu in the Eastern Cape. These are the areas in the Eastern Cape where Madiba spent his formative years, the areas that shaped him into the man that South African’s came to know.
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African Climate Reality Project finding new ways to promote Renewable Energy

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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

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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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