Engen, Food & Trees partner to green South Durban


Engen employees have marked the arrival of Spring and celebrated Arbour Month by volunteering at a tree planting initiative to help green schools and mental health facilities in the South of Durban.

In partnership with Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), eThekwini Municipality’s South Durban Basin Area Based Management and local community representatives, the tree planting volunteer day took place on Thursday, 14 September 2023.

Attending the event, Engen Enterprise Risk and Assurance GM, Siphokazi Vabaza and Engen Stakeholder Engagement and Transformation Manager, Dr James Xolani Nyawera, thanked all volunteers and partners for their contribution and attendance.

“The planting of indigenous trees is a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management which benefits all. We hope that this tree planting drive will help improve the quality of life of residents in the area,” commented Nyawera.

 Mpumy Mdlalose, Engen Environmental Advisor and Dr James Nyawera, Engen Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Siphokazi Vabaza Engen GM Enterprise, Risk and Assurance, with Laurel Cook Wentworth Secondary Principal and Pradeep Ramharakh, Engen Transition, Repurpose and RTT Manager.

A total of 88 trees were donated and distributed to schools and a mental health facility based in South Durban on 14 September including Wentworth Secondary School (30), Durban Coastal Mental Home (50), and Merebank Secondary School (8).

In addition, another 32 trees will be distributed and planted at South Durban schools and mental health facilities over the next couple of months, taking the total donation to 120 trees.

“The addition of these trees improves access to green spaces, adds to biodiversity and once planted, will also offset approximately 44.28 tonnes of carbon dioxide over a 40-year tree growth period,” said Susan Evans, Events and Tree Distribution Manager at FTFA.