Because Eqstra Industrial Equipment is a people-focused organization that is set on improving lives and creating a sustainable future, we have joined Trees for All, a programme of Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), to assist in exactly this – the improvisation of lives and the environment.

FTFA is a South African social enterprise that focuses on people and the environment in order to realise sustainable development. Its objectives are:

  •  To contribute to greening, climate change action, sustainable natural resource management and food security;
  •  To create awareness of the benefits of environmental improvement activities amongst all communities of Southern Africa; and
  •  To contribute to poverty alleviation, sustainable development, enhanced environments, capacity building and skills development.

Since its origin in 1990, FTFA has distributed over 4 million trees and facilitated the development of over 2 500 organic food gardens in South Africa.

Through their Trees for All programme, FTFA provides trees to disadvantaged schools and communities who live in impoverished conditions when these groups apply to receive trees from FTFA. With assistance from sponsors, like Eqstra Industrial Equipment, FTFA is able to provide trees to the applicants whose plights have fallen on open ears and hearts. Once an application is successful, FTFA orders trees from nearby tree growers – and where possible, emerging nurseries – in order to further local economic development. The trees are then delivered to the applicant(s) along with instructions on how to plant and correctly care for the trees.

As a way of further improving the South African natural environment, Trees for All specifically tries to deliver as many indigenous and fruit trees as the sponsor’s funding can allow.

Eqstra Industrial Equipment conducted a partial carbon offset in their regional areas, as well as in Port Elizabeth, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Schools in these areas that had applied for trees from FTFA, as well as schools selected by the different branches in the specific regions above, were the main beneficiaries.

Eqstra Industrial Equipment donated a total of 282 trees for National Arbor Month in September, and in doing so, not only assisted FTFA to successfully achieve its objectives, but have also started a process that will result in the offsetting of 104.05 tons of carbon emissions during the lifetime of these trees.

Eqstra Industrial Equipment attended all of the 18 tree distributions across South Africa:

PROVINCE AREA BENEFICIARY NUMBER OF TREES TREE SPECIES
Western Cape Cape Town Toyota Premises 50 Paperbulk, River Bushwillow, Milkwood
Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth Toyota Premises 30 Harpephyllum Caffrum, Rapanea Melanophloeos, Podocarpus Henkelii, Podocarpus Latifolius, Cunonia Capensis
Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth Adelaide Gymnasium 30 Cunonia Capensis
KwaZulu Natal Pietermaritzburg W Lewit Primary School 10 Noltea Africana, Pappea Capensis, Trichilia Emetica
KwaZulu Natal Pietermaritzburg Emthethweni Primary School 10 Cobcans
KwaZulu Natal Pietermaritzburg Eastwood Primary School 10 Rhus Lancea and Cobcans
KwaZulu Natal Pietermaritzburg Willowton Oil 10 Rhus Lancea and Cobcans
KwaZulu Natal Pietermaritzburg Ramatha Primary School 10 Rhus Lancea and Cobcans
KwaZulu Natal Pinetown Phephilile Primary School 15 Noltea Africana, Pappea Capensis, Trichilia Emetica
KwaZulu Natal Pinetown Sthandiwe Lower Primary School 15 Noltea Africana, Pappea Capensis, Trichilia Emetica
KwaZulu Natal Pinetown St. Gobain 2 Noltea Africana, Pappea Capensis, Trichilia Emetica
Gauteng Primrose Ithembehihle Primary School 10 Rhus Lancea, Combretum and Celtis Africana
Gauteng Primrose Primrose Primary 10 Rhus Lancea, Combretum and Celtis Africana
Gauteng Diepsloot Bophelong Primary School 10 Rhus Lancea, Combretum and Celtis Africana
Gauteng Diepsloot Vuwani Secondary School 10 Rhus Lancea, Combretum and Celtis Africana
Gauteng Elandsfontein Toyota Premises 30 Rhus Lancea, Combretum and Celtis Africana
Gauteng Boksburg Ephes Mamkeli Secondary School 10 Rhus Lancea, Combretum and Celtis Africana
Gauteng Boksburg Dawn Park Primary School 10 Rhus Lancea, Combretum and Celtis Africana
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Eqstra Industrial Equipment is proud to have been able to work with Food & Trees for Africa and looks forward to improving more lives through environmental responsibility!