As September is the month of Arbour week and Heritage Week in South Africa a number of Grahamstown schools have embarked on environmental projects. The grade 10 learners of Khutliso Daniels Secondary School in Grahanstown East were given the theme of Environmental Cleanliness as part of their Life Orientation project for the term. In line with this a group of learners approached Inkcubeko Nendalo with a proposal to plant indigenous plants in the school grounds.
The project aims to "develop a sense of responsibility as citizens of Grahamstown" among the learners.
Having assessed the school grounds it was thought that the most suitable plants would be hardly, low maintenance succulents and bulbs that also have relevance to the Xhosa speaking pupils. For example, Ornithogalum longibracteatum, called inqwebeba in isiXhosa, is used medicinally.
The enthusiastic learners received the plants with much appreciation and planted them near the newly erected school sign shown below.
We wish Khutliso Daniels Secondary School all the best with the ongoing greening of their school grounds and the grade 10 learners good luck with their Life Orientation projects.
Cwayita Mbangi, Mzikayise Tyukana, Azola Swaartbooi and Silumko Khwatsha with some of the plants that will help to green the school grounds.