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December 12, 2013

5 City parks to host a tree-planting legacy project honouring Madiba

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

Time: 17:00


  • 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.

Don't forget to send us your Madiba tribute messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging your photos with #RIPNelsonMandela

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