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KMSA and FTFA, Greening Rustenburg with 1,072 Trees

Rustenburg – May 2018 – The 2ndof May was an exciting day for the 1,349 students of Kloofview Primary School, Rustenburg. The learners gathered for a special tree planting assembly – about trees and how to plant them. Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA), a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, donated 40 trees to the school. Staff volunteers from the KMSA Rustenburg branch joined the school to assist with the tree planting on the day. Sipho Mathe from Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) led the tree planting demonstration where learners were taught how to plant a tree the ‘FTFA’ way. The learners, teachers and KMSA staff busily planted as many of the trees as possible – a total of 28 were planted on the day.

This forms part of a donation of 1,072 trees to a total of 36 schools in the Rustenburg area by KMSA. These 1,072 trees will offset 395 tonnes of carbon dioxide in their lifetime, whilst providing shade, increasing biodiversity and access to fresh fruit for the local community. These gifts will keep on giving to the local community and the local environment for upward of 40 years.

“It’s wonderful to work with such an enthusiastic school, that clearly appreciate the value of trees,” says Emily Jones, of Food & Trees for Africa, “KMSA staff volunteers were very enthusiastic in helping to plant out as many trees as possible and should be congratulated for their efforts.”

This tree planting forms part of KMSA’s commitment to plant 2,993 trees between January and June 2018 and brings the number of trees donated by KMSA to 37,796 since 2008, through the company’s ongoing commitment to ‘green’ South Africa.

ABOUT KONICA MINOLTA SOUTH AFRICA:
A division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, the company focuses on complete business solutions, including production print solutions, digital presses, multifunctional products (MFPs), managed print services, vertical application solutions and related services and supplies. The company has also achieved carbon-neutral status for the third year in a row.

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