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Devland Breathing Easy!

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The Devland Soweto Education Campus is wrapped in a water-wise garden park. Some plants are lovingly growing beyond control.

Starting at an early age, children in Devland are able to learn about their environment. The garden park is an opportunity for everyone in the community to learn about climate change and how it will affect their community and their lives.

One of our thriving plants is "spekboom." What is "spekboom?" Spekboom, also known as Portulacaria Afra, is an extraordinary plant. Sometimes called Pork Bush or Elephant's Food, this indigenous evergreen is an environmental miracle worker, with the potential to tackle carbon emissions as no other plant can.

Also good for: Sucking a leaf to quench thirst, treat exhaustion, dehydration and heatstroke. Using crushed leaves to provide relief for blisters. Chewing leaves can treat a sore throat and mouth infections. Juiced leaves are used as an antiseptic and to soothe skin ailments such as pimples, rashes, insect stings and sunburn.

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