I saw a PBS program about this a few years ago. It showed a film of helicopter flying over desert, when ever they saw a tree, they would land and cut it down. It was on odd sight a group of black Africans on a lunar landscape see a lone tree and cut it down and burn it. I bet killing all those “white” trees makes these morons feel good about themselves. I seem to recall in some areas they were even planing trees on private ( most likely White owned) land over the protests of the property owners.
In South Africa, the most pressing problem isn't water pollution, it's water scarcity — an unintended consequence of human behavior. South Africa's unique natural environment features plants — like the fynbos — that thrive on very little water, suiting them perfectly to this arid climate. When European colonists arrived in South Africa they set out to recreate the forested landscape familiar from their homeland. They scattered seeds for pine and eucalyptus that have grown into forests. Today, these invasive trees are a threat to the human population, competing for water by soaking up billions of gallons that once filled mountain streambeds. Already, one-third of South Africans have an inadequate supply of water.
Five years ago the government decided to combat the problem — the invasive trees had to go. They have since trained 40,000 formerly unemployed people to cut thousands of non-native trees down, restoring the precious water that flows from the mountains to the rivers. Already, people who live near the streams say that the water is flowing more strongly than they have seen in 20 or 30 years. The Working for Water Programme has successfully restored a precious resource to thousands of South Africans.1