The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in partnership with Total South Africa, eThekwini Municipality and the KZN Provincial Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs will launch Arbor Week in the Mpumalanga stadium in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, on 3 September 2013.

The National Arbor Week campaign is celebrated annually from 1 to 7 September under the theme “Our Forests – Our Future”. The launch will see the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson and her counterparts physically establishing 150 food gardens and distributing more than 3 500 vegetable and seed packs and 3 000 tress.

Projects to be visited on the day
Botanic Gardens - About 7 trees will be planted in honour of women leaders since we recently celebrated Women’s Month.

Priority Zone Rooftop Gardens – The Priority Zone Rooftop Gardens is a social project established to address greening and issues of food security in areas where there is no space to establish gardens in the city centre. The gardens were established, using recycled products, including old tyres, drums and pallets. Produce from the gardens is donated to the needy.

Minitown (Hammarsdale) - As part of the legacy projects for eThekwini about 150 households will receive vegetable seedlings and seed packs as the first phase of the household food security project in Minitown.

Another highlight of the day will be the awarding of prizes to winners of the annual Arbor City Awards by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson. This competition is aimed at promoting the greening of cities and towns in South Africa. The launch also forms part of a build-up towards the World Forestry Congress that will be hosted by South Africa in 2015.

Details of the launch and awards ceremony:

Date: Tuesday, 03 September 2013
Time: 10:00
Venue: Mpumalanga Stadium, Hammarsdale

Please RSVP  to Ms Piwe Mbiko on 072 937 2337 or e-mail