The Phalaborwa node of the World Wide Fund for Nature - South Africa Eco-Schools celebrated Arbor Day by planting trees in and around Namakgale and Phalaborwa on September 8, 2005. The trees were donated by Food and Trees for Africa with financial help from Sportsmans Warehouse.
The importance of trees was highlighted by Lepato High, who created a poem for the occasion. The primary schools in the node got into the swing of things, with Rethusitswe Primary Choir singing the national anthem and Mathibela primary performing choral verse.
The event was attended by N Mabunda of the department of education and E Netshivhumbe from the department of water affairs and forestry. Five primary and senior schools in the Phalaborwa area have become the latest South African schools to join the international Eco-Schools programme.
The programme encourages the participation of entire communities in sustainable living guidelines. The Phalaborwa schools have a bird focus. Other Eco-Schools around the country focus on biomes - grassland, succulent Karoo and fynbos. There are about 10,000 Eco-Schools worldwide in 27 countries.