11 Oct 2015 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 11 OCT (NAMPA) - Windhoek is known as one of the cleanest cities in Africa, but to make the capital more attractive more trees are needed, Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua says.
He said this while the City of Windhoek planted fruit and shade trees at the Otjomuise Primary School on Friday.
Kazapua told Nampa the municipality in 2010 decided to plant 10 000 trees from that year until the end of 2015.
Up until Friday the City had planted 8 830 trees under its arbor initiative.
Fridays event saw several councillors, teachers and hundreds of learners from the Otjomuise Primary School planting trees.
Classes were shortly interrupted for the event to take place, while some learners provided entertainment in the form of cultural dances and songs.
In Africa, trees do much more than provide food and shade for both man and animal, Kazapua said.
Most of us who come from the villages know that trees are also cultural and historical. They provide a place where people gather and even hold traditional courts, he said.
Grade 3 learner Elvis Karugab told this news agency he is happy that his school is one of the beneficiaries of the City of Windhoeks tree-planting initiative.
The City also planned to over the past weekend plant trees at various institutions across the capital as part of making the city more attractive and to create a culture among residents to understand the value of trees in their respective communities.
Both the Gammams and Oponganda cemeteries would each receive 150 shade trees, while 50 and 55 shade trees would be planted in the Khomasdal and Katutura residential areas respectively.
Various schools also stand to receive fruit and shade trees, while some churches, orphanages and community centres will also benefit from the CoW arbor initiative.