We don’t want teams who rush through an area, whacking down all in their path. Invasive plant weeders will work with care to minimise damage to existing indigenous vegetation while vanquishing aliens, from the strong-smelling bugweed to spiky climbers like Mauritius Thorn. They’ll plant trees, and check these youngsters don’t get smothered. And do a little watering as the trees get established. Plus help us make rudimentary tree guards to protect young trees in the field from browsing bushbuck, and enter data on the trees on the Treemapper app.
We pay a little more than the minimum daily wage, because minimum wages barely cover subsistence living. Minimum wage in South Africa’s cities is currently R25.42 an hour, or R203 for an eight-hour day. We pay R320 a day to the worker. R80 of your donation goes to research, administration and expenses for growing and nurturing new trees (such as protection from browsers).
Note: We’ll occasionally team with other organisations to clear larger areas more quickly. Such projects may have teams financed under different conditions and paid different rates, but money specifically donated here will only be used to pay individuals the wages promised.