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Trek4Mandela to help save fast melting glaciers

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Letshego Zulu

The 2018 edition of Mount Kilimanjaro expedition is about more than honouring former President Nelson Mandela and keeping girl-children in school.

A 100 trees will be rooted in African soil, in a bid to help save fast-melting glaciers. Late racing driver Gugu Zulu will also be remembered. Zulu died during the 2016 trek up the mountain.

His wife Letshego Zulu kept her promise as she returned in 2017 to complete the journey she and Gugu had started.

This year she’ll help re-green the mountain’s slopes.

“This year I am going back to continue the legacy of my late husband. I am going to plant trees and why trees you may ask, trees are a living legacy. They live for many years to come and with that Gugu will be remembered for many years,” says Letshego.

Sarah Scott from the Kilimanjaro Project is working tirelessly to revive the once lush vegetation.

“She came to me with this grand idea of planting a mini forest in memory of Gugu and I thought that is the best way to remember Gugu. I can always go back to Kili to climb the mountain in his memory but something as grand as a tree I think is the best way to remember him,” says Letshego.

Launched last year, the initiative aims to reverse the effects of climate change.

Scott wants urgent intervention.

“Because of deforestation around the mountain there is less rainfall around the mountain. The cloud cover creates a blanket over the mountain allowing it to be protected from the sun because of deforestation the mountain has spent more face time with the sun and therefore the glaciers are not melting they are evaporating,” says Scott.

The goal is to plant 1 million trees this year.

Letshego will be joined by her and Gugu’s three-year-old daughter, Lelethu.

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Zuma’s continued stay in office angers SACP, Cosatu

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Alliance partners of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have used the Nelson Mandela centennial celebrations in Cape Town to vent their unhappiness about president Jacob Zuma’s continued stay in office.

Cosatu’s second Deputy president Zingiswa Losi says the labour federation has long pronounced on Zuma.

“We want the ANC that is going to put the issue of jobs at the center of their own mandate… We also want the leadership of the ANC to fight corruption without fear or favour. Cosatu is also saying amongst the issues that the leadership must further deal with is the issue of Cosatu on the recall of president Zuma.”

SACP provincial secretary Benson Ngqentsu says the President of the country is entangled in numerous allegations of corruption.

“We are saying this centenary must represent nothing but the reclaiming of the city of Cape Town and the legislature. It must represent the organisational renewal of the ANC… and we are saying for as long as the ANC continues to keep corrupt people within its ranks, the whole question of renewal remains meaningless. The SACP wants to register its message, to say the longer you keep President Zuma, the worse for our people, and the worse for our revolution.”

 

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