Konica Minolta South Africa supports International Day of Forests with Mamelodi tree planting

Online since 30.03.2017 • Filed under Industry news
Konica Minolta South Africa supports International Day of Forests with Mamelodi tree planting

PRETORIA – March 28, 2017 - Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, joined forces with CSI partner, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) to celebrate the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of the Forests. Taking place on 22 March this year, this global celebration provides a platform to raise awareness of trees and woodlands, while tackling issues such as deforestation and discussing the importance of trees and forests in our everyday lives.

To commemorate the day, a team from the company’s Pretoria branch visited Uoane Primary School in Mamelodi-East, Pretoria, helping staff and children to plant 30 fruit and indigenous shade trees at the school. This forms part of Konica Minolta South Africa’s commitment to plant 1,380 trees over the month of March, with an additional 720 to be bedded down in Mamelodi alone.

Pretoria branch attendees were welcomed to the school grounds with a procession of singing and dancing children, who informed guests of the importance of trees – citing impressive facts such as that two trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four – on the process of photosynthesis and how plants make food. Pupils from Grade 6 and 7 in vibrantly coloured costumes then performed traditional Pedi and Tsonga songs and dances.

Following the festivities, children and sponsors received an animated and practical demonstration on how to optimally plant a tree, plus recycle plastic bottles for drip irrigation, before getting their hands dirty and planting their own indigenous sapling.

“Pretoria branch has been involved in a number of tree planting events over the past few years, but we have never received such a warm welcome,” said branch manager, Gavin Smith. “It was an absolute privilege to visit Uoane Primary School and we look forward to spending more time at the school and seeing these trees grow proud and tall, providing fruit, shade, oxygen and a habitat for birds.”

Konica Minolta South Africa has partnered with FTFA for the past nine years, planting more than 31,000 trees since 2008, a major contributor to the company’s carbon neutral status for the past four years.


Recently named as international Konica Minolta Distributor of the Year for the ninth time, Konica Minolta South Africa is a leader in advanced document management technologies. A division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, the company focuses on complete business solutions, including production print solutions, digital presses, multifunctional products (MFPs), managed print services, vertical application solutions and related services and supplies. The company has also achieved carbon-neutral status for the second year in a row, making it one of the first corporate companies in South Africa to offset its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions.


Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd: Ritchi Smith, 0800 bizhub, ritchis@kmsa.com

icomm: Debbie Sielemann, +27 (0) 82 414 4633,

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