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Let’s Go Green by Celebrating Arbor Week this September

Date : 02 September 2016

South Africa celebrates Arbor Week in the first week of September annually, a campaign designed to welcome the new season and to promote awareness for the need to plant and maintain indigenous trees throughout South Africa.

At Eveready we recognise the importance of being a green company by educating our employees on a daily basis on waste segregation and recycling. As a company we continue to make a consistent effort to minimise our carbon footprint by:

  • The implementation of our Kestrel renewable energy solutions.
  • Reducing the number of forklifts used in the plant to help reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Variable speed drive compressor, which uses 30% less electricity than the normal conventional compressor.
  • Heat pump installation is used for the recovery of cool air; therefore, no heat elements are used for heating water, helping us save electricity and reduce our carbon footprint.
  • We only use approved and certified recycling and waste management contractors

With this in mind, we would like to encourage all of you to celebrate Arbor Week once a year – a day in which trees are planted and an emphasis is placed on the importance they play in the circle of life.

We would like to encourage South Africans of all ages to unite and celebrate the beauty and importance of our indigenous trees.

Trees of the year 2016

Every year the Arbor Week celebration highlights two or three specific trees. The trees are selected from commonly found tree species and the rare tree species.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has chosen to select the Maerua Cafra and Ficus Thonningii as the two indigenous trees for 2016. This is seen as a great opportunity to encourage South Africans to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management.

Because September is also the month that we celebrate our heritage, it is also a great opportunity to educate others on the two chosen indigenous trees, as not only do they serve various purposes in our lives and other living organisms, but are also a heritage to our society.

Maerua Cafra (DC.) Pax


Maerua Cafra is a small Southern African tree belonging to Capparaceae, the caper family. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree that grows up to a height of 2-9m, depending on the local conditions. It’s light coloured trunk accounts for the common name "white-wood” or " witbos”.

The common bush cherry can be propagated from seeds which must be sown fresh, however the germination rate is often very high, but growth rate is slow. Due to the low growth rate, commercial nurseries often do not stock Maerua Cafra, as they cannot afford to be so patient, making it not commonly used in landscape designs.

Ficus Thonningii


The strangler fig is an evergreen tree with a rounded to spreading, dense crown and can grow 6-21 metres tall. The plant often begins life as an epiphyte, growing in the branch of another tree and as it grows older it begins to send down aerial roots which when they reach the ground quickly form roots and become much thicker and more vigorous.

The tree is harvested from the wild for its fruit, medicinal virtues and the various commodities it can supply. It is often planted to offer cover from the scorching sun in recreational areas, market centres and schoolyards. It can also be planted to provide shelter during the cold winter months.

Connect with us

We would love to hear how you will be celebrating Arbor Week. Connect with us on FacebookorTwitterand remember that it is always the small things that we do as citizens, that will help make a difference to our wonderful planet.