The Sjambok pod tree is one of the most wanted trees by local traditional healers for its potential medicinal uses. The roots are used to treat bilharzias, black-water fever, toothache and severe abdominal pain. Smoke from a burning twig is inhaled to cure headache.
Instead of just donating funds to the schools it was decided that a soccer tournament would be a better idea as the students actually have to do something for their respective schools.
The 29 schools that attend the bush school each report to a "circuit office" and there are 4 "circuit offices". All the schools in each "circuit" competed against one another. The ultimate winners of each "circuit" played in the finals.
This tree will be found wherever there is water nearby. It is a deciduous to semi-deciduous tree. But leaves, flowers and fruits, as other members of the genus, follow their own individual cycle rather than of the seasons.
When in leaf, trees of all sizes and ages are readily identified by their characteristic blue-grey foliage with silvery tinges, especially the young leaves which have a covering of fine, silvery hairs that are lost with age. This silver-grey hairs on the leaves give the tree its name.