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Minister Ndlovu planting a tree

The Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry for Zimbabwe, Hon. Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu today officiated at two tree-planting events on the sidelines of the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo which were hosted by Insukamini and Hugh Beadle Primary Schools in Bulawayo.

Minister Ndlovu with Insukamini students

“My coming here at Insukamini highlights the importance of planting trees. Even though the major reason for coming to Bulawayo is for Sanganai/Hlanganani Tourism Expo, I saw it fit to come to this my former school(Insukamini Primary) to lead the initiative to promote tree planting in schools.

“I was here for seven years as a student from 1987 to 1993. I would like to pay tribute to my former classmates who have decided to join me in this noble initiative. I would also like to recognize parastatals within my ministry including the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Allied Timbers, ZimParks, and Forestry Commission who are participating in tree planting at the identified schools. We all have a responsibility to take care of our environment, especially in pursuit of mitigating the impacts of climate change. Every child in primary school should plant a tree. This will help recover the forests being destroyed by veld fires,” Hon Ndlovu said.

Trees absorb carbon dioxide hence reducing global warming and adverse climate change impacts by creating buffers against the heat from the sun.

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