The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) joined the world in commemorating Mandela Day 2019.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (NBG) staff, students and volunteers joined together to plant 1400 Silver Trees (Leucadendron argenteum) along the Silver Tree Avenue in Kirstenbosch. The purpose of this initiative is to conserve and establish this species, to create the feeling of walking between these beautiful indigenous trees, and to make people aware of the threatened species of the Cape Peninsula.
The Silver Tree is a member of the protea family and is considered Endangered and facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.
It was a women affair during the Mandela Day commemoration undertaken by the Walter Sisulu NBG to spruce up the Honeydew Community Clinic, a densely populated informal settlement in the west of Johannesburg.
The KwaZulu-Natal NBG team donated a keyhole garden and indigenous trees at MehlokaZulu Commercial Secondary School in Imbali Township, Pietermaritzburg.
At Harold Porter NBG the staff spent Mandela Day with 50 senior citizens from Kleinmond, spoiling them with high tea. This was put together by SANBI team at Harold Porter, in partnership with Cape Nature, WWF, Kleinmond Tourism, Child Welfare and the Sea Rescue Institute from Kleinmond.
The National Zoological Garden (NZG) partnered with Nzalo Careers and commemorated Mandela Day by offering 67 minutes of mentorship through Nzalo Mentorship Programme.
In the Eastern Cape at Kwelera NBG, the staff visited Bulugha Primary School where sanitary pads were donated, cleaned the yard and planted indigenous plants.
In Mpumalanga, the Lowveld NBG alongside the Department of Water & Sanitation, Inkomati Usuthu Water Catchment, Working on Fire and City of Mbombela Municipality held a clean-up campaign at Msholozi Village. Large quantities of waste was collected from the nearby streams in the village.