The youth continue to have a poignant and powerful impact on South African progress impacting on our history. In commiserating the youth during Youth Month in June, Konica Minolta South, an authorised dealer of Konica Minolta South Africa together with local greening NPO, Food & Trees for Africa, revitalised and replenished the grounds of the famed Hector Pieterson Memorial with a tree planting event.
Potential is powerful
Being a large part of the local population, the youth have the potential, like many before them, to create an everlasting legacy that is greener, better and sustainably-charged. To celebrate Youth Month, Konica Minolta South planted 12 indigenous shade trees at the famed Hector Pieterson Memorial to not only honour the young icon, but to immortalise growth that can be fostered from generation to generation.
Commemorating the event, Nozuko Nelane, programme manager of the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum says: ‘This venue serves as a reminder of the resilience of our country and its people – like trees, our growth can be unparalleled when looked after.’
‘We remain committed to empowering the youth to take charge of their future and care for the environment that will sustain their livelihoods. As a country hungry for innovation and sustainable practices, it is imperative that government, corporates and local citizens work in tandem to protect the environment and lighten the eco-footprint, not just for today’s citizens but for tomorrow’s change-makers,’ says Edwin Banda, managing director of Dalitso Business Equipment.
To-date, Konica Minolta South Africa, together with Food & Trees for Africa have impressively planted 57 100 indigenous trees, offsetting a total of 21 081.18 CO2e.