The DUT Green Campus Initiative (DUT GCI) committee, in conjunction with students from the Department of Horticulture, has completed their Arbor Month garden located at the entrance of the Department of Student Housing on the Steve Biko Campus.
The DUT GCI has been working on the garden as part of their Arbor Month project and completed the garden on Tuesday this week (30 September 2015).
The DUT GCI programme was adopted by the University’s Department of Housing and Residence Life. DUT is the only participating higher education institution in KwaZulu-Natal. The DUT GCI has won numerous awards on their “green” initiatives.
Siyanda Dube, DUT GCI Chairman, said the garden formed part of their various campaigns that incorporate strategies that promote healthy, clean and fresh environment. “As you know, we are always promoting climate challenges, trying to add value to the global efforts that aim to create an ethical society as well as save energy,” he said.
Further expressing gratitude on the guidance and assistance the GCI received from Horticulture students, Dube said, “We have been working with students from Horticulture. Their presence made it easier for us to know the type of plants to purchase and the guidelines needed to care for the garden. They have made things easier for us to know what to do and where. They went as far as examining whether the chosen area was ideal for the garden,” added Dube.
Second year Horticulture student, Siyabonga Dlomo, said it was their role to ensure that those who have a flare for plants understood the importance and value each plant has. “It is our responsibility as horticulture students to find fertile and healthy ground for plantations. It is also our priority that we educate each and everyone about taking good care of the indigenous plants. The garden was a good chance for us to put into practice what we have learned and to also protect the soil from erosion and compaction,” said Dlomo.
– Noxolo Memela
Pictured: The plants that can be found at the garden outside the DUT Student Housing and Residence Life offices.