Statement by Brett Herron, GOOD Secretary General and Mayoral candidate for the City of Cape Town
31 August 2021
Brett Herron, the Mayoral candidate for GOOD and former Mayoral Committee Member responsible for the City’s Environmental Department, this week kicked of Arbour week by planting a tree at the Bothasig Public Clinic.
This clinic provides free healthcare services to homed and unhomed people living in the area and once had a vegetable garden.
Last year, the clinic’s lemon tree was removed from the clinic premises by members of the local ward committee. Vegetables were also removed from their garden.
On Tuesday, 31 August, Brett Herron joined members of the community and healthcare staff to replant a new lemon tree at the clinic.
Brett did most of the digging and planting because Covid vaccinations were underway, but the nursing staff chose the location of the tree – just outside their staff canteen – so that they could appreciate the tree during their few breaks.
GOOD also donated dozens of vegetable seedlings for the staff vegetable garden which is to be developed outside the canteen. This tree and garden will be watered with water from the building’s rainwater tank.
“Using public land for public good is a central principle of GOOD’s plans for Cape Town” said Herron. “Even before Covid, we need suitable places for community gardens to be operating – to provide work and food for vulnerable citizens and to bring our divided society back together. Now, as we deal with the impacts of the Covid pandemic and the lockdown, rising unemployment and food shortages mean we need these critical social support services even more urgently.”
“My own parents have just recovered from Covid and my father would not have made it without the excellent nursing care he received” said Brett. “I am happy to be able to plant a new tree as part of GOOD’s Arbour Day celebrations and proud to be able to offer this small thanks to the nursing and healthcare workers at the Bothasig Clinic.”