Konica Minolta brings hope, shade and greener vistas to Robben Island

| 24. Sep 2020

This September, Konica Minolta South Africa has donated over 400 trees in response to government’s call to plant indigenous trees during Arbor Month, as the application of its commitment towards the sustainable management of environmental resources.

This September, Konica Minolta South Africa has donated over 400 trees in response to government’s call to plant indigenous trees during Arbor Month, as the application of its commitment towards the sustainable management of environmental resources.


This September, Konica Minolta South Africa has donated over 400 trees in response to government’s call to plant indigenous trees during Arbor Month, as the application of its commitment towards the sustainable management of environmental resources.

In association with NPO Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), Konica Minolta South Africa has donated 200 trees to be planted on Robben Island during September, which is both Arbor Month as well as Heritage Month in South Africa.

"Konica Minolta South Africa established a partnership with FTFA back in 2008 to plant trees in order to offset our carbon footprint, and thereby combat climate change. Through this project we also sought to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela, by planting trees in areas connected with his legacy such as Robben Island. Last year we planted 101 trees on the island in celebration of the 101st anniversary of Madiba’s birth and now during National Arbor Month (#ArborMonth), we are back to support the Robben Island Museum’s long-term plan to rehabilitate sustainable vegetation at this historical location,” says Marc Pillay, CEO at Konica Minolta South Africa.

Through its collaboration with FTFA, Konica Minolta South Africa has planted more than 50,000 trees across the country and has been carbon-neutral since 2013. Over the course of the last 12 years, Konica Minolta South Africa has donated trees to 1,037 beneficiary organisations, including 985 schools, 52 community centres and 11,639 homes. Around 3,500 learners have been educated as to the importance of planting trees as part of this nationwide project, and 129 community educators have also been trained to teach learners about environmental awareness, sustainability and long-term commitment to the trees.