During Arbor Week this year, our Process Division initiated a Save the Tree Competition to ensure that a group of 27 Marula trees (Sclerocarya birrea) around our property remain nurtured and protected.
The initiative arose when the Smelter was asked to remove the 27 trees from the area between the Smelter and the nearby koppie as part of a security intervention. Marulas are a protected species in South Africa and a licence is required to remove, cut or destroy these iconic trees. The Smelter applied for and obtained a licence to remove 14 of the baby Marula trees from this area, and replanted them at appropriate places around the Concentrators, the PMR (Muriel Brand School),the BMR, the Smelter and the Assay Laboratory.
The Save a Tree Competition was then devised and announced to ensure that these small trees receive the care and attention they need. The trees were measured at the time of their replanting and their development will be monitored during the coming year. The area whose Marula tree has grown the most before Arbor Week 2014 will win a prize.