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Green initiative hits Donkin Reserve

NELSON Mandela Bay’s iconic Donkin Reserve will soon become a cool oasis of shade and greenery, thanks to a tree-planting initiative which is spreading to locations across the metro and reducing the city’s carbon footprint.

Konica Minolta’s branch in Port Elizabeth, along with Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), planted 601 trees around the metro – at the Donkin Reserve, St Dominic’s Priory and 16 other schools.

The Donkin Reserve, which overlooks the Bay from Belmont Terrace, is home to Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and historic monuments like the stone pyramid and the lighthouse, as well as installation art celebrating democratic South Africa.

Mcebisi Ncalu, facilities and area manager for the Mandela Bay Development Agency, which runs the Donkin Reserve, was highly appreciative of the donation.

“Port Elizabeth is known as the Windy City, and the trees that have been planted will help create a barrier against the devastation that the force of the wind sometimes brings,” he said. “This occasion also marks Nelson Mandela’s 101st birthday; therefore, Konica Minolta and Food & Trees for Africa have matched this number in trees, bringing renewed life back into the area.”

And the Donkin Reserve is not the only space in the Eastern Cape that will benefit from this initiative. The home villages of Nelson Mandela are next on the list.

Konica Minolta in Mthatha will bring more greenery to Mvezo, as well as to a school in the area.

Konica Minolta South Africa, as well as the Konica Minolta Mthatha branch, will be donating a total of 202 trees to the area – to the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology and the Mvezo Great Place (Mvezo Komkhulu) which also houses the Mvezo Open Air Museum.

The initiative will make ongoing improvements to heritage sites, both part of the Nelson Mandela Route linking significant areas in the life of South Africa’s national icon and statesman. 

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