PUMULA Youth Leadership Forum in solidarity with the world handed over 25 baobab trees celebrating Word Environment Day in Pumula today.
STANLEY MOYO PYLF Public Relations Officer.
Contribution in the fight against deforestation in our community PYLF’s push is to plant more trees and create fruit forests in the community for the coming generation.
Different trees have donated to churches, city councils facilities and government premises recently.
Addressing the leaders PYLF Organizing Secretary Givemore Mangena said the youths will continue to the best they can in order to protect the environment.
“We are also worried with the level of sand poaching that is happening in Ward 17 hence we appeal to our City fathers and mothers to tighten up security in that area in order to protect the environment, animals and children from drowning in those pits,” said Mangena.
There are many significants of a baobab tree.
Muziwandile Ncube who is in charge of Imvelo Youth Project Pumula Youth Leadership Forum’s initiative gave an interesting narrative about Umkomo/Muuyu.
“Other than being a fruit tree, the Baobab is used for dye, making mates which are natural to the environment, if they are nolonger in good condition you just through away it has no effect to the soil but becomes manure. Baobab fruits there are mainly rich in potassium, iron, vitamin C and calcium.” Ncube said.
He added; “In Pumula there are only five baobab trees so the main thrust is to plant more baobab trees in our community to make them more.”
This year’s theme is “Celebrating Biodiversity”. The baobab seeds are also used for making oil and Coffee.
Councillors thanked the youths for participating in protecting the environment.
Councillor Moyo gave thanks to the Forum and gave emphasis on the issue of cutting down trees, she encouraged people in the community to do reforestation.
“We are proud of the youth we have today, the future is proud to have such a caliber of young people who are walking the talk in developing our community,” she said.
The Baobab trees were handed over to the authorities which are Bulawayo YASC Leadership, Safe and Inclusive Cities, Councillor’s and WADCO and nearby residents.
Attending the commemoration was, Ward 19 Councillor Clayton Zana, Ward 17 Councillor Sikhululekile Moyo, Youth Alliance for Safer Cities, Safe and Inclusive Cities, Men’s Forum, Section Leaders, Esilwani Youth Center Official, Residents leaders from both Pumula Old and North.
It was a countless pleasure as the stakeholders were very pleased and overwhelmed.