Under the oldest tree in Johannesburg, deputy vice-chancellor Professor Yunus Ballim and Johannesburg City Parks marked the opening of Arbor week (September 1-7) on Tuesday afternoon. The event was held under the eucalyptus Champion Tree on West Campus. Arbor week highlights the importance for people to care for trees to increase air quality.
Monthly winners of the photography competition “Viewing Johannesburg through green lenses” were also announced on the day. The competition, where photographers take pictures of a green Johannesburg, continues until early next year.
The Wits Choir and marimba group Indlu enkhulu entertained guests. Children from Lapeng pre-school brought joy to the event and helped commemorate the day by planting a tree.
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffet.