Joburg nominates Champion Tree to honour Madiba

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17 Jul 2013

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), will be marking international Mandela Day 2013, in Thokoza Park at 7.30am by nominating the White Stinkwood planted by Nelson Mandela in 2008, as a champion tree.

JCPZ has since 2007, marked Madiba's birthday by initially planting 89 trees in Thokoza Park. The following year the 90th tree was planted and a timeline documenting key milestones and a mural of Madiba, was unveiled.  The ‘Mandela Orchard' has since grown to accommodate 94 trees.

This Mandela Day, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa and Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile will be joined by the Secretary General and Chairperson of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe and Baleka Mbete respectively, to distribute fruit trees and to plant the 95th tree in the Mandela Orchard in the park.

International Mandela Day is marked annually to inspire society to take action to help change the world for the better.  “Mandela Day is an appeal to citizens to take a stand against litter and to advocate green and clean cities, that are conducive to growing happy, active and healthy families”, stated the MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Chris Vondo

The MD of JCPZ, Mr Bulumko Nelana also appealed to the private sector in the city, to support greening programmes and to rollout much-needed food gardens, particularly in schools, to build food security in Joburg.

The high-profile delegation will observe the rich legacy of Tata Nelson Mandela by distributing 67 fruit trees to neighbours living adjacent to the park and hosting 120 children from schools and orphanages in the area.


Issued on behalf of the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Chris Vondo

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