PGP steps in to provide trees

Staff and learners at the new Northpine Technical High School on the outskirts of Cape Town, which officially opened on 14 September 2012, were delighted to receive 10 indigenous Milkwood trees as part of Pam Golding Properties’ (PGP) national initiative to plant indigenous trees in communities around the country.

Earlier this year, on Earth Day (31 March 2012) PGP group CE Dr Andrew Golding had issued a challenge to staff to each plant an indigenous tree and he in turn would plant 1000 trees.

Being Arbor Week, the local Pam Golding Properties Kuils River office felt the timing was perfect to plant the young Milkwood trees in the grounds of the brand new school, which had no trees at all. In addition, the PGP office is to donate a water fountain to the school in honour of its official opening.

Located in Northpine the school, which opened its doors earlier this year, serves the greater Brackenfell and Kraaifontein area, communities where learners previously had to commute to a technical school in Bellville. The school was built at a cost of R40 million due to the requirements for technical facilities to teach subjects such as mechanical and civil engineering.

Northpine is at the start of the rural winelands, with Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Frannschhoek all within easy reach. The suburb is centrally situated adjacent to the suburbs of Kraaifontein, Brackenfell, Windsor Park, Peerless Park and Scottsdene.

The PGP staff visited the school to plant the trees on Friday 7 September, appropriately a ‘Casual Friday’ day when learners wear casual clothes to school. Vivenne Pretorious from the PGP head office joined Corena Botha and Yolande Naude from the Kuils River PGP office to plant the indigenous trees.

The vice principal of the school, Douglas Oormeyer, who helped co-ordinate activities on the tree planting day, says the school hosts Grade 8 and 9, however, from 2013 they will accept registration for Grades 10 and 11 while in 2014 they will accept registration for their first intake for Grade 12 – to produce their first group of matriculants that year.

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