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Greening Tembisa this Youth Month and Environmental Month

Johannesburg – June 2018 – On the 14th of June, Food & Trees for Africa and Cova Advisory planted trees at Tsosololo Ya Africa Secondary School in Tembisa. The school was happy to receive 40 trees, half fruit and half indigenous shade, to create an orchard at the school, as well as shade for learners. School learners enthusiastically ran to support the tree planting programme, and planted trees in honour of National Youth Month and National Environmental Month.

This planting exercise forms part of a 208-tree commitment on the part of Cova Advisory - calculated to offset the company’s carbon footprint. “As an advisory firm on carbon and sustainability, it is part of our journey to lead by example, to be carbon neutral, and to be able to contribute to our local community”, commented Tumelo Chipfupa from Cova. These trees will offset a total of 76,75 tonnes of C02e in their lifetime.

The trees were planted through the Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA) programme ‘Trees for All’, which provides a perfect opportunity to be environmentally responsible while also benefitting local communities. This donation has benefited a total of 8 schools in the Tembisa area, with the fruit and indigenous shade trees they requested, enabling FTFA to further the impact of tree-planting where it is needed most.

“Planting trees is an important activity, particularly in youth month and world environmental month,” commented Emily Jones from Food & Trees for Africa. “It is important that the youth gain an appreciation for the environment early on, to ensure a sustainable future for future generations.”

About Cova Advisory

Cova Advisory and Associates (Pty) Ltd is a majority black-owned consulting firm. The firm specialises in advising companies on government programmes. Its services range from sustainability, carbon and energy services and government grant and incentive services. Cova has offset its emissions every year since 2014.

About Food And Trees for Africa

Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is a leading Section 21 Social Enterprise that addresses food security and environmental sustainability. Its emphasis is on education and skills training, which is integrated with sensitive mentorship and phased support. With 27 years of experience in South African social development, FTFA understands what it takes to achieve real, long-term sustainability, and wants to make a positive difference to the lives of all South Africans

Contacts

Emily Jones (Food & Trees for Africa – 011 656 9802 or emily@trees.org.za)

Zelda Burchell (Cova Advisory – 011 568 3341 or zburchell@cova-advisory.co.za)

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