Launch of Arbour Month and the Arbour City Awards

29 August 2019

The Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Ms Maggie Sotyu will lead the launch of the National Arbour Month campaign in Port Elizabeth on Sunday 1 September 2019. 

National Arbour Month is an annual campaign coordinated by the national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; and the Department of Environmental Affairs in partnership with Total South Africa. This year’s campaign will be held under the theme: “Forests and Sustainable Cities”.

The Arbour Month campaign affords the Department and other stakeholders the opportunity to undertake a major national awareness programme reiterating the value of trees and creating awareness of trees species that are threatened by extinction. The campaign promotes awareness for the need to plant and maintain indigenous trees throughout South Africa, especially for the many disadvantaged communities who often live in barren and water-stressed areas. 

The Deputy Minister Sotyu and other dignitaries will lead tree planting activities on the day of the launch in and around Port Elizabeth, including New Brighton, Walmer and KwaZakhele communities.

The launch will culminate in the Arbour City Awards ceremony where cities and towns that have embraced greening initiatives in their programmes will be recognised and rewarded. The competition is sponsored by Total SA, and promotes the greening of cities and towns in South Africa. These awards are given to cities and towns that go an extra mile to green their areas of jurisdiction. 

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Details of the launch:

First session (Tree planting)

Date: Sunday, 1 September 2019
Venue 1: Ward 4 - Walmer RDP Houses
Venue 2: Ward 24 - KwaZakhele, Brazi Park
Venue 3: Ward 14 - New Brighton.

Media interviews will be conducted at venue number three.
Time: 10:00

Second session (Awards Ceremony)

Date: Sunday, 1 September 2019
Venue: Feather Market Centre (Next to City Hall), Port Elizabeth
Time:   18:00 for 18:30

Please RSVP for accreditation by 30 August 2019 to:

Jamela Nkanyane
Cell: 066 084 6355 or

Ernest Mulibana
Cell: 082 263 7372.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871

Issued jointly by the Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs