Pam Golding Properties plants trees

Situated in Mfuleni near Kuils River just outside Cape Town, Mfuleni Community Park was the first to benefit from Pam Golding Property group CE Dr Andrew Golding’s pledge to plant 1 000 trees if staff members around the country planted trees in their local communities.

The Mfuleni Community Park is the result of a partnership between the City of Cape Town, Afrika Tikkun, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and the Mfuleni community. Afrika Tikkun is a non-profit organisation focused on the transformation of previously disadvantaged South African communities, focusing on vulnerable children, their guardians and environment. In Mfuleni, Afrika Tikkun operates a number of programmes reaching an average of 1 000 beneficiaries each month through its child and family support services, and over 5 000 beneficiaries per month through its health programme.

In addition to these, the Property Foundation, which is involved in various projects by providing free project management support to public benefits organisations, became involved in Mfuleni Community Park - via Afrika Tikkun - in providing project management support as well as facilitating the introduction of additional funds and donations for the project.

Comments Property Foundation director, Peter Golding: “For the past two years we have been involved in providing project management support for this R17 million development, which includes a recently completed early childhood development centre that already has 150 learners, a multi-purpose recreation hall, media library, sporting facilities and extended office space.

“When we heard that the first batch of indigenous trees pledged by Andrew Golding were about to be donated, the Property Foundation proposed that the Mfuleni Community Park be the recipient. This park has already empowered the local community with education, skills creation, conservation awareness and recreation. In this way social and economic skills are developed while environmental awareness is encouraged. Importantly, the Mfuleni Community Park has created a sense of pride and we believe it will have a significant impact on the quality of life of Mfuleni residents. Some of the residents around the park benefited during the construction of the centre as local labourers and tradesmen were employed on a tender basis,” he says.

To date some 17 indigenous Fever trees have been planted in Mfuleni Community Park by Pam Golding Properties, with spades, compost, bone meal and mulch provided by Greenpop.

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