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Wednesday, 02 September 2015

CPUT plants indigenous tree on Arbor Day

CPUT’s Vice-chancellor, Dr Prins Nevhutalu, is assisted by Acting Dean of Students, Adv Lionel Harper, to plant a Wild Olive tree at the Granger Bay Campus to celebrate Arbor Day. CPUT’s Vice-chancellor, Dr Prins Nevhutalu, is assisted by Acting Dean of Students, Adv Lionel Harper, to plant a Wild Olive tree at the Granger Bay Campus to celebrate Arbor Day.

CPUT’s Vice-chancellor, Dr Prins Nevhutalu, planted a Wild Olive tree at the Granger Bay Campus yesterday as the university celebrated Arbor Day.

South Africa celebrates Arbor Week from 1-7 September every year as an opportune time to call on all South Africans to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management.

The tree-planting ceremony was an initiative of the CPUT Green Team and the Department of Student Affairs to show the university's commitment to Arbor Week as well as the greening of its campuses.

The Green Team will soon change its name to the Greener Campus Initiative.

CPUT has over the past four years planted at least 30 trees on various campuses as well as in a number of townships and informal settlements around Cape Town.

Two weeks ago the Green Team joined hands with the Amy Biehl Foundation and planted nine Wild Olive trees at the Vukukhanye Primary School in Gugulethu.

“Today we will be planting one more tree symbolising the CPUT’s commitment to greening our campuses and immediate environment,” said Nevhutalu during the ceremony.

“With this we would like to urge staff and students to each plant only one tree during this week and become more aware of the impact we have on our environment.”

To encourage staff and students to support the philosophy of loving others before thinking about themselves he cited an English proverb that says, “He who plants a tree loves others beside himself”.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.