Thaba celebrates Arbor Week

THABAZIMBI – The Arbor week theme for 2011 is “Forests for people” and the message for Thabazimbi community was presented by cllr SA Khumalo on behalf of Thabazimbi Municipality at the launch of Arbor Week on 1 September 2011 at Regorogile EMS Station.

“It is indeed a great honour and privilege for me to share this day with you and be part of this very important event – to be part of a programme that seeks to add value by greening Thabazimbi and South Africa.

Arbor Week promotes awareness of the need to plant and maintain indigenous trees in South Africa. It is observed globally during September.” Said cllr Khumalo.

“Today we welcome spring and together pledge to advance the course of sustainable development.”

The planting of the trees formed part of the Municipality’s Clean and Green Campaign, and it also formed part of a national campaign to plant at least one million trees every year.

He said that everyone must be aware that planting trees is more than just for the benefits of their fruit, to provide shade, prevent soil erosion and beautify the environment; planting trees also contributes mitigating against the most threatening phenomenon of our lifetime, which is global climate change and in particular global warming.

“We cannot succeed in building Thabazimbi into one of the cleanest towns for all if we do not address the need for this municipality to become environmentally sustainable. What we need is a town with a sustainable green landscape especially in all residential areas.” Said cllr Khumalo.

He continued by inviting the private sectors, organisations of civil society, the community at large and government continuing to work together in partnership. “In this municipality we have said, over and over again, that government working alone and in isolation will never adequately address all the complex challenges that face us.”

In his Arbor Day message of 1907, Theodore Roosevelt said: “It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation’s need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted”.

In the past two weeks, Thabazimbi community lost many of their belongings through veldt fires. After some of the fire was extinguished, it was soon discovered that losses amounting to millions of rands have been done by fires. The farming communities of Thabazimbi, Leeupoort, Koedoeskop and Northam areas are badly affected.

He thanked those who participated in extinguishing and bringing all veldt fires under control and made an appeal to the community not to cause unnecessary veldt fires since this affect both animals and trees as well the environment.

“We are just few days before the International Rugby World Cup (IRB) 2011 and the Miss Universe pageant respectively. In 2007, when the Springboks lifted the Webb Ellis trophy, the team mesmerised the rainbow nation again, and ignited a wave of patriotism nationwide.

Let us continue to support our Springboks in their campaign this month. We want to be one of the countries to successfully defend its rugby world champion title, and we believe we can do it.”

He extended good wishes to the whole team, to captain John Smit, Coach Peter De Villiers, and the management and also extended good wishes to Ms Bokang Montjane who is from Limpopo Province for representing us and the country at large in the Miss Universe Pageant 2011, Sao Paulo, Brazil in few days to come and thanked all the various sponsors and supporters of this programme. Cllr Khumalo also thanked everyone present at the ceremony.

Various dignitaries were also there to celebrate Arbor Week by planting the trees on the lawn at Regorogile Emergency Services station. The main sponsors were also present from Kumba Iron Ore and Marakele SanParks.

Joshua Motsomane