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GPT commits to sustainable communities

GPT commits to sustainable communities

May 31, 2013

Global Payment Technologies (GPT) is planting 1 111 trees in celebration of World Water Day, in this international year of water co-operation. This is a celebration of water and an urgent reminder of the value of this one essential element that unites all living beings. It acknowledges that the success of water co-operation depends on each and every person. 

Trees play a major role in the water cycle and these 1 111 trees will be planted in the Illovo Settlement 30km from the Durban city centre through Food & Trees for Africa’s (FTFAs) Trees for Homes programme, greening settlements and improving its aesthetics.

“GPT recognises the value of the environment and creating sustainable communities that are aware of the benefits of the environment,” says Lise Reed, human resources manager of GPT. “This is our second year working with FTFA and we are committed to acknowledging this vital resource and improving life for the residents of Illovo.”

The Illovo settlement was initiated in 1992 to provide much needed housing in the subsidised cost bracket to the South of Durban. To date, approximately 5 500 houses have been constructed.

GPT recognises that their tree contribution will bring improved nutrition, shade and a green legacy for future generations. The fruit and indigenous trees are also an important intervention against human caused climate change as they will offset, or sink, 409 tonnes of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. In addition, they will green up this settlement, settle dust and create healthier people in a healthier environment.

Councillor Thami Ngubane comments,”This project will initiate a shift in what my community current passive lifestyle tends to be. For the first time it will create opportunities for them to start appreciating their surroundings more, being informed about our coexistence with nature, provide green possibilities for future generations to come.”

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