24 June 2024 – Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) and Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) are proud to celebrate a milestone in their long-standing partnership dedicated to environmental sustainability and community upliftment. Since its inception in 2008, this collaboration has flourished, planting 75,658 trees across South Africa and sequestering a remarkable 27,918 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

2023 – 2024: A Year of Continued Growth

The most recent planting season, from 2023 to 2024, saw an impressive 6,279 trees planted in 62 communities as well as FTFA’s flagship reforestation project in the Kologha Mountains, Eastern Cape. Ongoing greening demonstrates the commitment of both organisations to enhancing green spaces and promoting ecological stewardship. Each tree planted contributes not only to the reduction of carbon emissions but also to the enrichment of local environments and the well-being of community members.

A Legacy of Impact and Inspiration

The partnership underscores the importance of long-term commitments to environmental projects, which yield benefits for generations to come. With nearly two decades of dedicated service through Arbour Days, Mandela Days, and other significant initiatives, KMSA and FTFA have been instrumental in transforming over 1,413 communities. Their efforts have brought greenery to schools, hospitals, social welfare organisations, and community gardens, making a lasting impact on the environment and the lives of countless individuals.

One of the recipients of trees in recent years, Reunion Primary School in Durban, exemplifies the long-term impact environmental greening has in under-resourced communities.

“Our Grade 6 and 7 learners who helped plant these trees today will be able to visit them in the years to come, knowing they have been part of creating community resources like clean air, shade and food,” expressed Ms Nicole Liddle, an educator at the school. A combination of apricot, nectarine, peach, pear and plum trees were planted, alongside indigenous species such as the River Karee (Searsia Lancea).

Milestones and Achievements

One of the significant milestones celebrated was the planting of the 50,001st tree in 2020. Many of these trees were planted in honour of Madiba’s legacy and include locations such as Robben Island where he was imprisoned, and his birthplace in Mvezo, Eastern Cape.

This milestone was not just a number but a symbol of the thousands of lives touched and the numerous ecosystems enhanced through diligent and continuous effort. Each tree stands as a beacon of hope, growth, and resilience, contributing to the fight against climate change and fostering a greener, healthier planet.

Voices from the Partnership

“We are immensely proud of what we have achieved together with Konica Minolta South Africa over the past 16 years. Our collaboration is a powerful example of how corporate responsibility and community engagement can drive substantial environmental change,” said Robyn Hills, Head of Programmes at Food & Trees for Africa. “The trees we’ve planted are a legacy of growth, both for our natural world and the communities we support.”

Konica Minolta South Africa’s CEO, Marc Pillay, added, “Our partnership with Food & Trees for Africa has been one of the cornerstones of our corporate social responsibility initiatives. We are committed to sustainability and to making a positive impact on the environment. Seeing the tangible benefits in the communities we have supported over the years is incredibly rewarding. We look forward to continuing this journey and achieving even greater milestones in the future.”

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