Metrobus green initiative came alive on Mandela day in Soweto at Sizwile School for the Deaf. Management and staff took time out to make a difference in the life of the less fortunate. With its green technology, Metrobus used the Euro-5 buses to transport just under 100 pupils from Sizwile School to tour some of Soweto’s historical places, such as Vilakazi Street and the Hector Peterson Memorial museum. This was a day filled with excitement for the deaf children at the school. Part of Metrobus day program was to plant various seedlings of different species ranging from spinach, cabbage, red and green pepper including palm and lemon trees.
The school has a hostel housing children during school terms with an in-house feeding program, enhanced by the organic garden within the premises of the school. Part of the children’s daily diet is derived from the very garden at school. Planting of vegetable seedlings will only add variety to the pupils’ healthy daily menu. “For Metrobus to plant vegetables and trees at this school is not surprising, it forms part of the organisation’s green initiative of reducing carbon emissions as part of our future strategic direction”, said the acting Managing Director, Ms. Xoliswa Mhlongo. The bright colours of Johannesburg Metrobuses could be seen from a mile away reflecting the company strategic future direction of running a fleet comprised of environmentally friendly buses. The day wouldn’t have concluded well without entertainment for the kids, a bold line-up of musicians including Kwesta, Berita and KID X. Metrobus closed the day by feeding all 300 school children – a nutritious warm meal.
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Goodwill Shivuri, Marketing & Communications Specialist