Arbor month will kick off with a visit from Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Makhotso Sotyu, who will open a memorial garden in Thaba Nchu next week.
The deputy minister will also handover skip bins to Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality as part of the annual national campaign to protect plant life.
According to Department of Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs spokesperson, Kagisho Leteane, MEC Makalo Mohale will join the launch of the garden as well as the greening of settlements at Regional Park in Thabu Nchu, on Tuesday 1 September 2020.
“National Arbor Month is an annual campaign coordinated by the national Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries in partnership with Total South Africa. This year’s campaign will be coordinated under the theme, Forests and Biodiversity, signifying the importance of protecting and conserving our biodiversity as the backbone of our economy and livelihoods,” he explained.
“The tree planting activities for the 2020 National Arbor Month campaign will focus on remembrance and commemorative tree planting and greening of settlements as well as creation of remembrance gardens,” added Leteane.
Deputy Minister Sotyu will also handover skip bins to the Metro as part of the campaign. “Skip bins are the best solution for the temporary storage of waste in the communities to protect the human health, well-being and the environment,” concluded Leteane.