September marks annual Heritage Month, when South Africans recognise the tangible and intangible aspects of our culture.

Champions of the Environment Foundation (CEF) believes that heritage should not only be defined in terms of culture, but that natural/environmental heritage should also be part of this celebration.

In line with this, Champions will launch a tree planting project tomorrow (20 September) at the Mthatha High School Grounds.

The aim of the project is to plant 15 000 trees by November, at the Bumbane, Mngqesha, Nqadu, Nyandeni, Qamata and Qaukeni Great Places.

The Department of Environmental Affairs and the Eastern Cape Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs have come on board to assist in this ambitious project to green the Eastern Cape and create awareness around the importance of preserving our natural heritage.

Environmental Minister, Edna Molewa, will be the guest speaker at the launch and representatives of the kingdoms and traditional leaders will attend. The Eastern Cape MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, will also be present.

CEF Ambassador, Terry Pheto, will use the opportunity talk to the young people of the Eastern Cape, and in particular young women, to teach them about the environment and sustainable living.

The event will conclude on 21 September with a short round of golf and a music festival with local artists such as PK Poppy, Martin Natz, Masta P, Sugar Zamore, Equinox, Phoenix, Angisto, Master Candi, Naelz Dikweni, Sochanayowva, Mr. Elle, Diesel, Brazil, Ice and Khayi performing.

Artists including Hugh Masekela, Soul Brothers, The Soil, Donald, Toya Delazy, Blondie Berita and Jaziel Brothers will perform in the evening.