Based out of the Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre (WSEC), the community outreach project known as the Mamelodi Greening programme has to date planted over 15,500 trees in people’s homes, schools, clinics and community centers. In partnership with WSEC, Afristar Foundation supports the Jewish National Fund in this project to improve environmental and public health conditions, as well as for capacity building and empowerment of community members. The Greening Mamelodi project aims to bring nature back into the city, transforming the hard, urban landscape of Mamelodi township into an oasis of green through the widespread planting of fruit and shade trees.
Greening Mamelodi initiated the first large-scale, community-wide planting of trees both for private homes as well for public facilities: libraries, clinics, police stations, schools, and public open spaces. Community Foresters were trained on how to properly plant and care for trees, as well as the many social, economic and environmental benefits of trees. Community members were also introduced to other urban environmental issues such as waste management, recycling, and water conservation.