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South Africa: Arbor Week to be celebrated in Kimberly
Source: www.SAnews.gov.za
Source Date: Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Sep 04, 2012

"This year's event is aimed at celebrating greening achievements in the Northern Cape, specifically in and around the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality, by planting trees to commemorate people who had dedicated their lives to the liberation struggle, nation-building and community upliftment," he said.

Manyi said Cabinet was calling on all South Africans to plant indigenous trees as a gesture of sustainable environmental management.

National Arbor Week is celebrated annually from 1 - 7 September and affords the department and other stakeholders the opportunity to undertake a major national awareness programme.

Arbor Day was first celebrated by South Africa in 1983. The South African government extended the celebration of Arbor Day into National Arbor Week.

This year, the campaign will take place in line with the International Year of the Forests as declared by the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF).

Trees can beautify the community and promote biodiversity by providing diverse habitats. They also promote sustainable living by providing food, shade and oxygen.

To this end, National Arbor Week supports government's priority to protect and enhance environmental assets and natural resources.

The 2012 National Arbor Week celebrations consist of the national launch event and a series of other events in various provinces and districts.
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