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Monday, September 30, 2013 | 00:00

Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town International Airport (ACSA, CTIA) is dedicated to sustaining the environment. Over the years the airport has been involved in various environmental projects to ensure that it plays a role in maintaining the natural environment of various areas around the airport. The airport has also found ways to educate staff members on improving the organisation's environmental performance.  The airport recently celebrated World Environment Day by highlighting the importance of sustainable eco-friendly living both at home and in the workplace. A Mini Green Expo was held with presentations from some of the City’s leading organisations.

For Arbor month the airport partnered with Seed, an organisation which runs the Rockland’s Urban Abundance Centre, Mitchell’s Plain. Cape Town International Airport staff members engaged in various activities on a weekly basis; they were educated about biodiversity and food sustainability as well as planting trees with learners from Rockland’s Primary school. The tree species which were planted are Mediterranean Olive, Pomegranate, Fig, and Carob as these grow well in the Cape Flats. “This initiative forms part of our community development programmes and supports the greening of schools and communities around the airport,” said Deborah Francis, acting Communications Manager for Cape Town International Airport.

The airport prides itself in celebrating diverse cultures. It celebrated heritage month through activations in the airport Plaza. Through empowering communities, an edutainment group from Khayelitsha entertained airport visitors by telling African stories through song and dance. “We embrace diversity which encompasses acceptance and respect for all cultures,” added Francis.

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