ETHEKWINI Municipality has scooped the National Arbor City Award for the second consecutive year.
The Municipality was announced the overall winner by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Bheki Cele, on Monday.
The award is aimed at encouraging municipalities to undertake greening initiatives. Earlier Mayor James Nxumalo had planted more than 80 trees along Umngeni Road and Foxglove Park in Springfield to mark the National Arbor Week campaign from 1-7 September and as a demonstration of the Municipality’s committment to conserving the environment.
This year’s theme for the campaign is “Forests and people: investing in a sustainable future”. It has been adopted from the World Forestry Congress, which will be hosted by the Municipality in September next year.
Nxumalo said the symbolic gesture was a commitment to greening and beautifying the environment. “As a Municipality, we pride ourselves in the major strides that we have taken in pushing the agenda of environmental awareness and nature conservation.
“Last year, the Municipality planted more than 13 000 indigeneous trees and 3 918 exotic trees, including fruit trees in many parts of our city,” said Nxumalo. Nxumalo announced that the Municipality would soon launch a Quick Response (QR) coding system that would enable people to download profiles onto their cellphones by scanning smartphone against the barcode on the QR code plant label.
Source: eThekwini Municipality