The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s managing executive, Abe Sibiya handed over 25 indigenous trees to the educators and pupils of Mjejane Primary School to celebrate Arbor Day.
“Our mandate as South African National Parks (SANParks) is to conserve nature, including trees; therefore it is important that we raise awareness of their value.
When we adopted Mjejane Primary School in 2007, we committed ourselves to transforming the school and other local areas to become healthy, learning centres through our greening initiatives.
There is a tremendous opportunity for these children, mostly from disadvantaged communities who often live in neglected areas, to learn about environment”, explained Sibiya. The school, which starts from Grade R to 7 is in need of adequate necessities such as proper classes, sports fields and feeding schemes. Skukuza nursery, which has a wide selection of indigenous trees, donated five tree species types to the school suitable for the Nkomazi region.
The KNP managing executive, Abe Sibiya hands over the trees to Mjejane Primary School’s Head of Department, Miriam Sibiya while the school principal, Joseph Nyoni and school governing body member, Richard Jabulani Sibiya (behind right) look on. A stainless steel recycling dustbin was also handed over to the school.
After the formalities, Abe Sibiya plants one of the trees while the educators and learners observe.