GREEN TEAM – ANOTHER VISION TACTICAL INITIATIVE TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

MEDIA STATEMENT

For Immediate Release
Tuesday.

15 January, 2019

GREEN TEAM – ANOTHER VISION TACTICAL INITIATIVE TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

Cleaning up in more ways than one!

Vision Tactical has been at the forefront of private security and protection services around Johannesburg since its launch in 2014. With the dawn of a new year, filled with renewed opportunities, Vision Tactical is proud to launch its latest operation – the Green Team! 

The Green Team is a vision in execution. Vision Tactical’s way of further enhancing the suburbs it serves. Bringing in a team of passionate individuals to clean up and strive towards litter free surroundings. The operation creates job opportunities for the unemployed and provides these individuals with a sustainable source of income. 

“It’s not just about cleaning our public spaces every Mandela Day… we need to make every day a Mandela Day and continuously strive to keep our suburbs clean’,  said Yaseen Theba, Director of Vision Tactical. The aim of the Green Team is to build an unpolluted and safe environment, while driving sustainable social change, Theba added. 

Look out for the members of the Green Team who are truly dedicated to the preservation of our environment – you will recognise them by their green overalls and friendly smiles! The team is equipped with sufficient tools and gear to effectively clean up the area. 

The Green Team initiative has been put into motion as a result of an incredible collaboration with Freeway Toyota, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, ER24, AL’s Hardware among others and is associated with the Lower Houghton Residents Association and the Killarney Residents Association.

Eleanor Huggett, Councillor for Ward 73 has pledged her support for the Green Team, and will engage with the members & partners of the initiative so that the Green Team can benefit the community at large. Liziwe Ntshinga-Makoro, the director of Region E has also commended the initiative. 

“The Nelson Mandela Foundation, is pleased that the Houghton Community is building awareness and making good efforts to keeping a clean and safe community that is caring’, said Yase Godlo, the Manager of Mandela Day and Outreach for The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”, said Ridwaan Laher, the CEO of the Freeway Group” We are proud to contribute to the Green Team and challenge other corporates to also pledge their support, he added. 

The Green Team – Keeping it clean…

Call the dedicated line on : 065 1 333 333

Web : www.greenteam.co.za

On twitter: @VTacGreenTeam

ENDS

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Media Enquiries: 

Yaseen Theba

+27 64 400 0000

yaseen@visiontactical.co.za

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

MEDIA STATEMENT

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, 15 January, 2019

Cleaning up in more ways than one!

Vision Tactical has been at the forefront of private security and protection services around Johannesburg since its launch in 2014. With the dawn of a new year, filled with renewed opportunities, Vision Tactical is proud to launch its latest operation – the Green Team!

The Green Team is a vision in execution. Vision Tactical’s way of further enhancing the suburbs it serves. Bringing in a team of passionate individuals to clean up and strive towards litter free surroundings. The operation creates job opportunities for the unemployed and provides these individuals with a sustainable source of income.

“It’s not just about cleaning our public spaces every Mandela Day… we need to make every day a Mandela Day and continuously strive to keep our suburbs clean’, said Yaseen Theba, Director of Vision Tactical. The aim of the Green Team is to build an unpolluted and safe environment, while driving sustainable social change, Theba added.

Look out for the members of the Green Team who are truly dedicated to the preservation of our environment – you will recognise them by their green overalls and friendly smiles! The team is equipped with sufficient tools and gear to effectively clean up the area.

The Green Team initiative has been put into motion as a result of an incredible collaboration with Freeway Toyota, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, ER24, AL’s Hardware among others and is associated with the Lower Houghton Residents Association and the Killarney Residents Association.

Eleanor Huggett, Councillor for Ward 73 has pledged her support for the Green Team, and will engage with themembers & partners of the initiative so that the Green Team can benefit the community at large. Liziwe Ntshinga-Makoro, the director of Region E has also commended the initiative.

“The Nelson Mandela Foundation, is pleased that the Houghton Community is building awareness and making good efforts to keeping a clean and safe community that is caring’, said Yase Godlo, the Manager of Mandela Day and Outreach for The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”, said Ridwaan Laher, the CEO of the Freeway Group” We are proud to contribute to the Green Team and challenge other corporates to also pledge their support, he added.

The Green Team – Keeping it clean…

Call the dedicated line on : 065 1 333 333

Web : www.greenteam.co.za

On twitter: @VTacGreenTeam

ENDS

__________________________________________________________________

Media Enquiries:
Yaseen Theba
+27 64 400 0000 yaseen@visiontactical.co.za

Joburg Jacarandas in bloom: where to view

“I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree.” We’d like to believe that Joyce Kilmer drew inspiration from Jacaranda trees in bloom when she wrote her famous poem.

While Pretoria may be unofficially known as the Jacaranda City with more than 70,000 trees lining its streets, it is Johannesburg that actually has more Jacaranda trees, with the first tree planted at Charlton Terrace in Doornfontein back in the early forties.

Jacarandas are in bloom from late September to the middle of November, draping our urban neighbourhood and concrete jungle in magnificent shades of purple and blue.

Who introduced the first Jacaranda trees to Johannesburg?

According to Joburg City Parks, William Nelson from Nelsonia Nurseries in Turffontein had planted nearly 30 million trees, shrubs and plants for general distribution, and planted approximately 106 kilometres of trees along the streets of Kensington by the turn of the 19th century.

We spoke to Mark Kaplan, owner and manager at the Munro Boutique Hotel in Upper Houghton, where some of the most beautiful views of Johannesburg’s Jacaranda trees can be enjoyed. The views from Munro Drive are spectacular, and you can see Magaliesberg mountain ridge on a good day.

“Pretoria is built in a valley between two hills, so a lot of people spend time high and look down onto the orchards, whereas in Johannesburg you just have to drive down the street to see them. You can’t see them en masse like you can here.”

According to Kaplan, Joburg boasts “the largest man-made urban forest in the world. Cities like Brazil have bigger forests, but they’re natural. But this is a man-made forest because this was all grassland.”

Jacaranda trees are a threat to the environment

He explained that the trees had been banned for many years, but that has been overturned and nurseries are allowed to sell them again. They were classified as a ‘category three invader’ in 2001 because Jacarandas invade water sources.

“All these trees have been planted, indigenous trees that have been brought in from other parts of the country, but they don’t belong here naturally. It’s an exotic, and it comes from South America.”


However, when the Jacaranda trees were banned, officials categorised the tree under a particular category of invasive species, which allows municipalities to keep existing trees “but not to replant them when they die.”

“Those moments under the shade of the Jacaranda trees on the vicarage lawn were the most pleasant of the trial …” – Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom.

Where to view Jacarandas in bloom in Johannesburg?

Apart from the views from the scenic and historical Munro Drive in Houghton, there are several other spots around Johannesburg offering superb views. Melville is a must-visit as the purple Jacaranda blossoms are contrasted against the pink bougainvillaea on 4th Avenue.

We also suggest taking a stroll down Jameson and Victoria Avenues in Melrose, while the James and Ethel Gray Park offer a unique view of the Observatory Ridge and the spectacular jacaranda views against the downtown skyline.

If you are in Greenside or Emmarentia, remember to take a trip down Clovelly Street, as well as Galway Road in the neighbouring Parkview where a magnificent purple canopy of purple blossoms awaits you.

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