Johannesburg City Parks has warned companies and people who use trees to advertise that they will soon be chopping into their profit margins.
City Parks is calling on all those firms and individuals who abuse trees for commercial gain to stop maiming the country's natural resources.
"The City of Johannesburg is known to be the most dense man-made forest in the world and we all have a responsibility to protect our trees," said Oscar Oliphant, City Parks spokesperson.
"However, we have noted with concern that more and more individuals and businesses, big and small, are engaging in a practice that destroys our trees.
"They are nailing and tying posters and advertisements to trees. This thoughtless practice is not only maiming our trees, it is also illegal and unsightly," said Oliphant.
City Parks is calling on all who have used trees to advertise to remove their posters immediately. The due date for the removal is the end of June. Failure to remove the posters may result in legal action or City Parks will hold advertisers liable for removal costs .
The public can report all acts of vandalism to 011-375-5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Johannesburg has helped City Parks plant 142000 of a targeted 200000 trees.