December 12, 2013
5 City parks to host a tree-planting legacy project honouring Madiba
Born and bred in the Mother city, Leilah lives an average-Jane life in the quiet side of Cape Town suburbia. Her favourite things to do in Cape Town include getting sand in her Havaianas on the beach, and watching the bright city lights on Long Street at night.
Leilah heads up the Content Marketing team at iProspect, so naturally is addicted to all things digital. She is an avid Instagramer who "belongs" to the Igers Cape Town community, and collects memories of her city adventures (instameets) for her Instagram feed, as well as the feed of Cape Town Tourism.
"Instagram makes me see the world through different eyes," she says, yet insists she is not a hipster.
In honour of the late Nelson Mandela, The City of Cape Town’s Parks Department are hosting a tree-planting ceremony at five selected parks in Cape Town. The ceremony will kick off at the five sites simultaneously at 17:00 this evening of 12 December. We encourage all Capetonians to get involved in this project, the event details are as follows:
Date: Thursday 12 December 2013
- Tambo Village, Green Belt, Gugulethu
- Mandela Park, Khayelitsha
- McKenzie Street Park, Cape Town CBD
- Nantes Park, Athlone
- Makana Street, Langa
Why trees? Well, the name Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is synonymous with longevity, strength and character. The City Parks Department would like to echo Madiba’s through this tree-planting ceremony. His birth name, Rolihlahla, given to him by his father is also an isiXhosa name which means “pulling the branch of a tree”. Thus, planting trees where the memory of Madiba will always be remembered couldn’t be more fitting. So get your hands dirty and join in celebrating the life of the father of our nation by planting olive trees, assegai trees and ficus (spp), which symbolise Madiba’s character – a man who showed us that it is possible to change the world.