All over Soweto, people like Alice are adding greenery to their surroundings. When the township was originally built in the 1940s by the apartheid government, it was intended to be a place where black people would live on a temporary basis. They would inhabit the small brick houses only while their employment contracts were valid. They were supposed to live in Soweto only in order to be able to work for white people in Johannesburg.
Since 2006, however, there has been a massive effort to extend this forest into Soweto. The Soweto Greening Project began that year with 6,000 trees being planted. The aim is to plant 200,000 trees throughout the township to give the residents a green environment
On Wednesday, 20 October 2010, a group of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) donated ten thousand rand (R10 000) to the Khayelitsha Site B Community Health Centre.