Konica Minolta South Africa’s 18178 Trees Tip the Balance Towards Its Carbon Neutral Status

3 October 2013

In line with its promise to operate in the most sustainable way – from an environmental, social and economic perspective – Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa, has been supporting South Africa's national greening and food gardening social enterprise, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), for five years, most recently planting 500 trees in the impoverished Lawley Township in Gauteng. This brings the total of trees donated by the company across the country to 18 178.

The 500 River Bush Willow trees were planted in Extension 1 of the Lawley township, under the FTFA's Trees for Homes initiative and also in celebration of Arbour Month.

Having worked in this area previously, the FTFA had already trained community educators, who helped gauge the community's interest in receiving trees and to check the space available. Lawley residents then convened at the local fire station, where they were educated on the importance of proper ground preparation, planting techniques and aftercare, before being given their trees to take home to plant.

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