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Minister Molewa distributes food parcels and plants trees during Mandela Day Greening in Sunway RDP settlement, Hartebeespoort

25 July 2015

 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, today, 25 July 2015, led a greening campaign in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day in Sunway at Hartebeespoort, North West.

Minister Molewa was joined by officials of the Department of Environmental Affairs, and representatives of the Madibeng Local Municipality to raise awareness and discuss the importance of greening residential areas.

To keep the area green, South African National Parks provided 50 trees which were planted at households in the community. The Minister also donated shoes to 20 households.

“I am encouraged that so many members of the Sunway community are planting their own vegetable gardens. All people, here and in the rest of South Africa, are encouraged to do this.  It does not only green an area, but adds to food security as well,” Minister Molewa said.

Minister Molewa planted a Karoo Blue Bush at Mrs Evelyn Mafepe’s house. Mrs Mafepe, one of 20 recipients of indigenous trees, said: “I am very happy and satisfied that the Minister came to my home, and listened to me and actually planted a beautiful tree for me and my family to enjoy”.

Minister Molewa spent time distributing shoes, food parcels that contained essentials such as canned foods, maize meal, rice, sugar and toiletries amongst other things.

Having been started in 2008 by the United Nations (UN), Nelson Mandela Day is an annual international day of humanitarian action and an opportunity for every individual around the globe to contribute to positive change.

Mr Mandela spent 67 year of his life advancing the struggle for the liberation of all South Africans  from political, social and economic oppression.

The Government has called on all South Africans to support Nelson Mandela Month through participation in activities under the theme: “Take Action - Inspire Change - Make Every Day a Mandela Day”.

The theme encourages all South Africans to take responsibility to change attitudes and to ensure peaceful co-existence within communities and serve those who are less fortunate. As ambassadors of environmental awareness, the Department of Environmental Affairs is mandated to give effect to the Constitutional right of citizens to an environment that is not harmful to their health or wellbeing; to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations; and to create a prosperous and equitable society living in harmony with our natural resources and the environment.

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