This year the Vuyani Substation commemorated Arbor Week (1-7 September 2013) by celebrating the day with the local Orange Groove Junior Secondary School.
Striving to leave a living legacy, the Vuyani site staff (Vuyani Greening Team) contacted the site contractors and NCC Environmental Services to donate fruit trees to the Orange Groove Junior Secondary School. The trees are going to be used to start a fruit garden in order for future generations of school children to be able to have fresh fruit at school. The Nonkobe community members have been a part of the construction of the Vuyani Substation since 2011 and we felt that supporting the school would be an appropriate initiative for Arbor Week. A mix of fruit trees were donated, which included: orange, naartjie, plum, peach and nectarine trees. The trees were planted in a fenced area in the school grounds in order to prevent goats from eating the new trees.
We also ran a competition at the school for the learners to design a poster, explaining the importance of trees within their communities. We received 13 interesting posters from the school and the judges decided on the 3 wining posters. Both the principal, Mr Siyabulela Madzidzela and the Vuyani Greening Team, took the opportunity to inform the children of the importance of trees and how they have provided food, shelter and fuel to the Nonkobe community for many generations, and how they will continue to do so, only if the trees are preserved.
The children also received information on the history of Arbor Day and why we celebrate the day by planting trees. It was truly a great day enjoyed by all.