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April 14, 2009

Cape Town Tourism plants trees at schools

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On March 27, 2009, the day before people around the world switched lights off for Earth Hour, Cape Town Tourism’s Team South was also doing its bit for the environment. We partnered with the City of Cape Town, Sanparks and the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) to plant indigenous milkwood trees at six local schools and to chat to the children about the value of recycling, conserving energy and looking after our planet.

Involving our six Visitor Information Centres and the whole south team, the day was a huge success. Check out some of the feedback and enjoy the pictures from Hillside Primary, Mitchell’s Plain. Ten out of 10 if you can spot Tarryn! (She’s from our Visitor Information Centre in Kirstenbosch.)

Ruzaan from the Hout Bay Visitor Information Centre teamed up with Hout Bay High School.

“It was a lot of fun and the saplings even got the name of the person who planted them,” he says. “By the way, does anyone else like the smell of wet soil? I love it! All in all it was a great success and I would not mind doing it again.”

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It is ironic in a way that we were planting milkwood trees in Hout Bay – where Jan van Riebeeck, the commander of the Dutch settlement, had once commented that “T’Houtbaaitjen” (Wood Bay) had the best forests in the world!

Lois from the Simon’s Town Visitor Information Centre joined up with WESSA at UKhanyo Primary in Masiphumele.

“We had the grade 7s and our speaker Patrick was good; he is so passionate about what he does. He even spoke a bit of Xhosa, which was great, as the children really understood him. He brought them great information tools such as books and charts, an environment calendar and even earthworms from his own back yard.”

Sabeegah, Ruzaan and the whole team, together with the participating schools from Langa, Gugulethu, Mitchell’s Plain, Hout Bay, Pelican Park and Masiphumele and our partners, did a great job. Everyone learned a lot and had fun while doing so!

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