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National Science Week is an annual initiative by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) together with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) with the aim to celebrate science and the goal to contribute to the development of a society that is knowledgeable about science, critically engaged and scientifically literate.

The theme for this year is “Deepening Our Democracy though Science” in celebration of the centenary and the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

The aim of National Science Week is:

  • To popularize science to the broader South African society,
  • To serve as a vehicle for showcasing local innovations in science and technology, and the leadership role of the DST and other government departments in enabling research, development and innovation,
  • To make Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI) appealing to learners, such that they consider STEMI as preferable career options, and
  • To familiarise targeted participants with the science linked to areas in which South Africa has knowledge and/or geographic advantage to contribute in making them informed and critically engaged citizens

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will be celebrating National Science Week from the 30th of July to the 4th of August with activities at Dorothy Nyembe Environmental Education Centre, The Johannesburg Zoo and Cosmo City that will engage learners and community members where they will be educated on the importance of wetlands and the negative impact of human activities on wetlands and other activities.

 

Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 was significant as the former President and global icon would have celebrated his 100th birthday on 18 July.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) has been celebrating 18 July as Nelson Mandela Day annually since the United Nations declared this day as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2010. The aim of this day is to encourage people all over the world to give 67 minutes of their time to make the world a better place in which to live, in honour of Madiba who spent 67 years in politics.

JCPZ used the centenary celebrations to build social cohesion, address food security concerns and support a clean and litter-free environment.
While Regional events were hosted all over Joburg, the main event was in Thokoza Park, Soweto, where the former President planted a tree on his 90th birthday in 2008. The tree has been declared a provincial heritage site last year

At the event in Thokoza Park, JCPZ hosted elderly residents in Soweto, who were treated to entertainment and refreshments. The City of Johannesburg’s senior citizens choir and the Ghetto Revolution dance group delighted the audience and brought smiles and tears.

A beautiful new black-and-white mosaic mural was unveiled by the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba. This mural is sure to become a landmark in Soweto and a backdrop for many a selfie! Cllr Sifumba was assisted by The Ward Councillor Ronald Phamodi, Regional Director, Ms Salome Mogotsi and JCPZ Managing Director, Bryne Maduka.

Prior to the event, the JCPZ delegation made a quick stop at the eMathonsini Old Age Home that has 23 senior citizens in their care. The residents were spoiled with gifts, snacks, scarves that were crafted by JCPZ employees, and necessities for the Home.

The smaller Regional events included tree planting, developing and rehabilitation of food gardens, clean-up campaigns, installing and painting of benches and playground equipment at various institutions and painting of selected care facilities.

JCPZ thanks all its sponsors and partners who helped to make a difference in the lives of many people – together we can ensure that the legacy of Nelson Mandela lives on.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will yet again host the much anticipated Joburg premier Mother’s day concert on the 13 May 2018. The Concert – which has been a highlight on Joburg residents’ calendar for many years aims to honour, embrace and appreciate the role played by mothers. The event will see families paying tribute and celebrating their mothers in the safe and tranquil environment of the zoo.

Concert goers can look forward to live music performances by award winning artist – please look out for more information on our social media pages. In addition to enjoying music, visitors can enjoy fun–filled activities to keep them entertained throughout the day, which includes a tour to the majestic and powerful Big 5 animals, animals of the amazon tour, which will see visitors facing their fears with the gigantic anacondas, poison dart frogs, creepy tarantulas, moustache monkeys and a walk through the fresh water aquarium.

What is a concert without food? Worry not; the zoo has got your back covered: Various food vendors will cater for all tastes, from African cuisine to Indian food! You can also bring your picnic basket and non-alcoholic drinks.

Kids will take delight in the designated kiddies’ zone which will have mega jumping castles, face painting, photo opportunities with mom and animal demonstrations.

Concert tickets will be available at Web tickets (www.webtickets.co.za/event) for R100 per adult and R70 for kids and pensioners. Gates open at 8:00 and the concert starts at 11:00. Parking will be available at the Zoo’s main parking at Upper Park Drive with additional parking at Military Museum, Zoo Lake, Zoo CID and Saxonwold Primary School.

Come and make memories with mom!

For more information about the concert click here.

 

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, together with the risk assessment team are at Olifantsvlei Cemetery to identify the extent of the damages caused by the persistent, high rains in the last 48 hours in the City of Joburg.

Initial reports indicate that burials in the new section that took place in the past three weeks have been seriously impacted.

The rains have caused graves and headstones to collapse, and has washed away memorials placed on the graves.

Affected families are urged to make contact with cemetery personnel including the Manager of Cemeteries, Mr Reggie Moloi on 011 028 0092, after hours on 082 803 0655 or on email at rmoloi@jhbcityparks.com. Families are also welcome to come to the Cemetery personally.

The recently opened Olifantsvlei Cemetery that extends over 400 hectares and will accommodate for 800 000 burials has conducted just under 9000 burials to date, with an average of 120 burials per week.

MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, appealed to families to contact the cemetery and to assist where possible in reinstating graves.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, will make available sand and will refill graves once the rains subside.

Notice is hereby given that the 17th Annual General Meeting of the Shareholder of the Company will be held at The Joburg Theatres, 163 Civic Boulevard(Previously Loveday Street), Braamfontein at 08:00 on Friday, 18th April 2018.

JCPZ AGM Invite
Johannesburg City Parks NPC : Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2017
The Johannesburg Zoo NPC : Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2017

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) the custodians of nature conservation and greening in the City of Joburg, has cracked the code for captive breeding of the endangered Wattled crane (Bugeranus carunculatus) which is the continent’s rarest of crane species.

On the eve of the Joburg Zoo commemorating 114 years of conservation, a second surviving fledgling has hatched on 9 February 2018 as part of a surrogate-reared, Wattled crane breeding programme in partnership with Ezemvelo Wildlife and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). The partnership was established at the Joburg Zoo’s conservatory in Parys, South Africa in 2010

The surviving chick that hatched on 19 July 2017, remains healthy and active and is oblivious to the watchful eyes of its costume dressed surrogate parents. The fledgling will remain in captivity and will be reared together with the recently hatched chick. Once fully socialized, the fledglings will be released into the wild as part of a pairing and mating programme, to boost diminishing numbers of tWattled crane. .

Three (3) births were recorded in captivity by the Joburg Zoo, with the first chick succumbing due to its inability to be acclimatized. This was followed by the ground breaking, second birth in 2017 and a subsequent birth this year, indicating that the programme is a masterstrokefor the advancement of conservation of the critically endangered Wattle crane.

Dwindling numbers of the species remain threatened by the destruction of wetlands; rapid urbanisation and the illegal collection of their eggs. Typically the close-knit breeding pair of Wattled cranes produce one egg, and on the off chance that a second egg is produced, the breeding pair will generally abandon the second egg once the first egg hatches.

The breeding programme is then designed to collect the abandoned egg from the wild and puppet-rear the chick after incubation, to prevent human imprinting. Costumed caretakers introduce the young cranes to life in the wild and teach them to forage and to avoid threats from predators such as Jackals. Once the breeding flock produces a significant number of chicks, their offspring, along with any additional chicks produced from abandoned wild eggs, will be reared and released into existing Wattled Crane flocks in an effort to bolster the population in the wild.

The Wattled crane is the largest of the cranes species, is predominantly white including its wattles with ash-grey wings, striking black under carriage and tail, and is remarkably distinguishable by its famed red beak covered by bumps. It forages in mostly marshy areas, dining on aquatic insects or snails, tubers or on reeds – that is if you are fortunate enough to encounter a rare sighting of this magnificent bird that is estimated to have a life expectancy of between 20 and 30 years in the wild.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba commended the Conservation team at Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo for championing the Wattled Crane conservation programme and was hopeful that these first steps in breeding the species in captivity, signals that we can reverse the decline in the number of Wattled cranes found along marshy areas.

Historically, Wattled cranes were far more abundant and widely distributed throughout South Africa. Sadly, a 38% decline over the last two decades has left the critically endangered population at a high risk of extinction in the wild.

A scarce 310 specimens remain in South Africa with the most significant population residing in isolated pockets in KwaZulu Natal. Wattled Cranes are already locally extinct in neighbouring countries such as Lesotho and Swaziland.

Issued by
MMC Nonhlanhla Sifumba
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
City of Johannesburg

 

Johannesburg City Park and Zoo (JCPZ) the greening entity that oversees the management of parks, street trees, conservation, cemeteries and the Zoo obtained its first clean audit since it was established in 2001, for the 2016/17 financial year.

This is a massive feat for the greening entity that has seen its portfolio increasing in line with rapid urbanization; employee numbers dwindling due to natural attrition and an ever-increasing demand for developed, safe, clean and well managed spaces including burial sites.

For the period, under review, the entity had to also deliver sans the support of a Chief Finance Officer compounded by budgetary constraints stemming from more pressing and competing needs within the City of Joburg.

The entity further increased its satisfaction levels across key performance areas by 5%, to 80% thereby reinforcing its commitment to service delivery with pride. “Lessons have been learnt from the past,” stated the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba who commended all departments within Johannesburg City Parks and the Zoo.

“Securing a clean audit in a fast paced metropolis like Joburg, on the backdrop of managing inclement weather-related challenges; safety and security demands; unemployment, a compelling need for community-based jobs and ad hoc requirements for veterinary medical services at the Joburg Zoo – is testimony to an entity that is highly committed to accountability and good governance,” added Sifumba.

Highlights assessed in report to the Auditor General included, the:

  • Reinstatement of the Joburg Zoo’s accreditation to the Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB);
  • Completion of Phase 6 of the Olifantsvlei Cemetery to provide 800 000 new burial sites in the City;
  • Concluded the construction of a multi-level parkade at the Joburg Zoo to bolster Zoo visitor numbers and to address illegal parking around the Zoo;
  • Completed the new wing at the Zoo’s Veterinarian Hospital to strengthen animal welfare;
  • Developed 6 new multi-functional parks to nurture healthy minds and bodies;
  • Created 2 265 community-based jobs to address poverty and unemployment;
  • Generation of R93.5m in revenue to augment the subsidy provided by the City;
  • Reached 63 106 beneficiaries through environmental education and awareness;
  • Achieved 96 % on its service delivery key performance indicators; and
  • Recorded 448 769 visitors from gate-takings at the Joburg Zoo.

The entity would like to recognize its many supporters such as the media, residential associations, security companies, corporates, trusts funds and the many individuals who generously donate their time, services and goods to our animals and parks. This achievement is also in part due to the many service providers to JCPZ that provide quality services to enable the entity to fulfill its horticulture and conservation mandates.

“Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo is on track to securing a clean audit for the current financial year and put in place all monitoring mechanisms to ensure that employees comply with stringent procurement processes,” stated Sifumba.

Issued by
Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba
The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
City of Johannesburg

 

Come along on an adventure and experience the Johannesburg Zoo family of more than 2000 animals and 380 species in the timeless and beautiful zoological gardens.

Zoo regular operating hours: Mon-Sun: 8:30 – 17:h30

Sign up for the AnnualPass and you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Unlimited entry to Johannesburg Zoo for one full year
  • FREE car parking at Johannesburg Zoo

Prices

Adult R745
Child R455
Pensioner R455

Children ages 3 & under FREE

Entry of your membership includes the Zoo Trot.

Terms of Purchase

  • Membership to the Johannesburg Zoo is NOT transferable. Only named individuals on the membership card(s) are members of the Zoo and are eligible to enjoy all the benefits of the Zoo membership.
  • Presentation of photo ID for admission and benefits. To ensure that only current members enjoy the benefits of Zoo membership, we request that Each member, together with their zoo membership card, present their ID for verification of identity.
  • Use of membership by unauthorized persons will result in forfeiture of the membership.
  • Replacement of card will be charged at R30.00.
  • Annual pass membership excludes Tours, Holiday Programmes and Events.

Fill out the Application Form and send the completed form with the proof of payment to Ioanna@jhbzoo.org.za

Animal adoption is fun and you can adopt any animal, no matter how big or small. The Adoption Programme enables individuals, corporations, schools, clubs, families and groups to participate and make a valuable contribution towards the care and enrichment of all the animals living at the Johannesburg Zoo. So the adoption fees not only help us to take care of the animals the money also goes towards the protection of endangered species.

As a non profit organization we are in need of funds for supporting all species and upgrading facilities. In addition your contribution provides the necessary help to advance the zoo’s work with wildlife conservation organizations worldwide.

It is also a rare opportunity to teach children and adults to take care of living creatures and to understand the environment that wild animals belong to.

You can help make a difference. Adopt an Animal is a great gift for friend and family celebrations and for special occasions. Your adoption will last one year from the date of joining and is renewable if you so wish.

Attached is a small selection list of the different animals and creatures you can adopt and enjoy at the Johannesburg Zoo. All animals adopted are symbolic adoptions and remain within the Zoo. Animal choices are subject to change, if for reasons, the animal that you have adopted, needs to be removed from the zoo then your adoption will be transferred to another animal of your choice.

In advance we thank you for your precious contribution and for your ongoing commitment to Johannesburg Zoo.

List of some of the animals at Joburg Zoo: Siberian Tiger, Lion, Honey Badger, Pot Bellied Pig, Gorilla, Red Panda, Ruffled Lemur, snake, Giraffe, Hippo, Rhino, Elephant, Axis Deer, Blue Crane, Monkey and many more.

To arrange an adoption, fill out the Adoption Application Form and send the completed form with payment to Ioanna@jhbzoo.org.za. The form also includes information about the packages and animals available for adoption. If you do not see the animal of your choice, please contact the Zoo.

Please note that booking for hiring of any of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo’s facilities will close on 15 December 2017 and reopen on 2 January 2018 . The last day for new bookings for 2017 will be on 15 December 2017. For more information, please call 011 712 6600.

HospiceWits will host its annual Tree of Light Ceremony on Sunday, 26th November 2017, at the Johannesburg Zoo. The event is free to residents of Joburg and signals the start of the festive season in the City.

The popular family event, now in its 10th year, raises funds for patient treatment, provides a caring platform for families to remember loved ones who have passed, and to also celebrate the people in our lives we appreciate, love and hold dear.

Says Jacqui Kaye, CEO of HospiceWits: “The experience of losing a loved one is emotionally and spiritually challenging. As an organisation providing palliative care to patients and families on the journey of life-threatening illness, we have a deep understanding and appreciation for these emotions. It is for this reason, that we host this special event to give those who have mourned the loss of a loved one, a moment to celebrate their memory.”

Individuals and corporates have the option of purchasing virtual or actual globes. Those purchasing virtual globes can write messages dedicated to their loved ones, which will then be shared on the Tree of Light’s website. The physical globes are placed on the Tree during the event, where extended families bring their blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy a wonderful evening of friendship, Christmas carols and delightful entertainment.

“Last year we lit 2 000 globes on the night – a truly spectacular sight, and this year we hope to increase this number substantially. This will enable us to continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients who are not in a position to pay for our services,” concludes Kaye.

“The City of Joburg will continue to support Hospice in its endeavours to assist the sick and infirm that require palliative care,” stated the MMC for Community Development, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba. “Just as important, is that this platforms reminds us to exercise the necessary caution and to remain safe and healthy, over the upcoming holidays,” she added.

To purchase a globe, please visit tree-of-light.co.za or www.hospicewits.co.za. Alternatively, you can call 011 483 9100/9175 for more information.

Issued jointly by
Hospice Wits and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

 

Outpaced only by trophy winner Mintek, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo was lauded with the Highly Commended Award in the Top Performing Public Service category, at the 15th annual National Business Awards on 16 September.

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JCPZ’s’s achievement at the renowned “Oscars of South African business” resulted from the unanimous verdict of the awards’ Judges, a collective of industry heavyweights. There to hear the accolade announced were a host of business & government leaders, VIPs and media representatives. Also watching, via live social media updates, were thousands of South Africans whose engagement kept the awards trending for several hours.

Recent achievements include the City of Joburg being named the Greenest City in the 2017 national awards by the Department of Environmental Affairs and achieving its first clean audit for the 2016/17 Financial Year.

Commenting on the accolade, acting Managing Director Bukelwa Njingolo said, “We are extremely proud to be acknowledged with the Highly Commended award, especially given the calibre of the organisations we were up against in the Public Sector category. I would like to thank the judges for recognising our level of commitment to the people and natural resources of Africa’s greatest city. The certificate belongs to all our citizens in Joburg, and provides a motivational boost to keep putting our all into the green heart of Joburg.”

Top Media CEO Ralf Fletcher, who gave the evening’s Welcome Address, commended the achievement of the night’s finalists and winners, saying that “In my 20 years of immersion in the science of business performance recognition, I have seldom seen such a powerhouse collective of innovators, job creators and drivers of the economy all together on the same roster. Tonight has only deepened my belief in the global competitiveness and drive in evidence across our economy’s primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. I can’t wait to see what this year’s National Business Awards champions will do next.”

 

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), the custodians of the zoo, parks, designated open spaces, nature reserves, street trees and cemeteries, have finalized its proactive seasonal plan in anticipation of the peak summer season to optimally deliver horticultural and conservation services in the City of Joburg(CoJ).

Proactive plans include weekly rostersof both internally-managed and contractor-servicedplans where a total of 52 contractors have been accredited and approved; additionally, JCPZ has put in place a 24-hour emergency team to respond to trees logged complaints during the inclement weather.

Residents are urged to maintain the grass verges adjacent to their homes as a collective effort to support the call to actionof the “A Re Sebetseng” volunteer programme aimed at retaining litter-free and well maintained, public spaces.

Focused weekly detailed horticultural and conservation plans together with the categorisedlist of facilitiescan be found on www.jhbcityparks.com. The organisation is committed to setting high standards of customer care whilst aiming for efficient delivery of core services whiles ensuring the attainment of targets outlined in the business plan and City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Service Delivery Agreement (SDA). Outlined below are the peak season plans for beginning November 2017 till end- March 2018:

Facility CategoryPeak Season
(October – December’17)
Peak Season
(January – March’18)
Flagship Parks 12 cycle 12 cycles
Develop Parks 3 cycle 3 cycle
Undeveloped Parks 1 cycle 1 cycle
Main Arterials 3 cycles 3 cycles
Landscaped Islands & Town Entrances 6 cycles 6 cycles
Maintenance of cemetery (Active) 6 cycles 6 cycles
Maintenance of cemetery (Passive) 3 cycles 3 cycles
Johannesburg Botanical Gardens 12 cycles 12 cycles
The Wilds 12 cycles 12 cycles
Flagship Nature Reserves 12 cycles 12 cycles
Ridges\Koppies 1 cycle 1 cycle
Flagship Bird Sanctuaries 3 cycles 3 cycles
Alien Vegetation 12.5 ha 12.5 ha
Wetlands Rehabilitation 2 wetlands 2 wetlands
Invasive Plants Control 1 area 1 area
Reed Control 1 area 1 area
Cleaning of river trails 60 ha 60 ha

 

A litter picking programmewill be rolled-out during the December 2017 public holidays focused only on flagship parks during the following dates:

  • 16th - 17th December 2017
  • 23rd – 26th December 2017
  • 31st December 2017
  • 1st January 2018

“Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo’s horticultural and conservation plans are tailored to effectively deliver on our mandate to provide proactive services in a hassle-free, cost effective and well-managed manner to restore pride and dignity in our City,” added the Acting Managing CirectorMs Bukelwa Njingolo.

JCPZ appeals to residents to centralize the registration of requests for services with the Joburg Connect Call Centre on 011 375-5555 by selecting option #0 and securing a reference number.

Working through the Joburg Connect Call Centre provides the residents with the assurance that their requests will be dealt with speedily and within thepre-scribed turnaround times.

Issued by

Ms Bukelwa Njingolo

Acting Managing Director

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

T: 011 712-6600

 

Media Enquiries

Jenny Moodley

Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

T: 011 712-6615/00

C: 082 8030 748/076 950 5151

E: jmoodley@jhbcityparks.com

W: www.jhbcityparks.com

short road

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is continuing to green the City through the development and upgrading of parks and facilities as part of its capital projects. Our latest “show off” is a new charming little park, called Short Road Park.

This gem is part of the Paterson Park Precinct in Norwood, in which the City invested R2million. It is our first toddler-tailored park with playground equipment to suit their size and taste!

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The 1 hectare park was previously enclosed by bamboo and lots of dumping occurred due to this location. Now, after work has been done, it has a storm water harvesting system – ideal for harvesting due to its shallow water table and water from the surrounding areas. This system includes bio-swale and 4 underground tanks, from which the harvested water will be used to irrigate the park.

The playground equipment for the toddlers has safe rubberized surfaces and a hop scotch pattern to help them learn about balancing. The park also has durable concrete benches that serve a dual purpose of flower beds.

Adults will be drawn to the park by the 6 braai areas and outdoor gym equipment. Bright colours in the activity areas enhance the vibrant park and welcome young and old to enjoy the great outdoors in Joburg!

Safety is a priority and four solar lights and three new pedestrian gates were installed.

Not only will the immediate community benefit from Short Road Park; upgrading the park involved 15 SMMEs and created 12 EPWP jobs.

 

JCPZ’slatest pride – Short Road Park – to be launched on Thursday, 26 October

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is continuing to green the City through the development and upgrading of parks and facilities as part of its capital projects. Our latest “show off” is a new charming little park, called Short Road Park.

This gem is part of the Paterson Park Precinct in Norwood, in which the City invested R2million and will be handed over to the community on 26 October 2017.

The 1 hectare park was previously enclosed by bamboo and lots of dumping occurred due to this location. Now, after work has been done, it has a storm water harvesting system – ideal for harvesting due to its shallow water table and water from the surrounding areas. This system includes bio-swale and 4 underground tanks, from which the harvested water will be used to irrigate the park.

Playground equipment has been stalled for toddlers with safe rubberized surfaces and a hop scotch pattern to help them learn about balancing. The park also has durable concrete benches that serve a dual purpose of flower beds.

Adults will be drawn to the park by the 6 braai areas and outdoor gym equipment. Bright colours in the activity areas enhance the vibrant park and welcome young and old to enjoy the great outdoors in Joburg!

Safety is a priority and four solar lights and three new pedestrian gates were installed.

Not only will the immediate community benefit from Short Road Park; upgrading the park involved 15 SMMEs and created 12 EPWP jobs.

 Press Release
Thursday, 5 October 2017
For immediate release
Residents in Joburg cautioned regarding the outbreak of the Avian Influenza (H5N8)

The City of Joburg has been affected by the global outbreak of the Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 strain that was first detected in Europe and Asia. The seasonal migration of free roaming birds have aided in the spread of the virus. This is evident in various parts of the country including in the City of Joburg, around the Westdene Dam, Emmarentia Dam, Zoo Lake and the Joburg Zoo.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo would like to allay resident’s concerns. The H5N8 strain prevalent in Joburg, is not contagious to human beings.

There is no cause for concern regarding the spread of the disease to citizens, however as per the City’s standard cautionary advice, residents are urged to take the necessary precautions, by:

1. Refrain from handling or making contact with sick or dead birds;

2. Do not attempt to feed wild birds or resuscitate sick birds;

3. Report sightings of sick or dead birds to Joburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) on 011 712-6600. A team is on standby to assist with the removal of diseased birds which are being incinerated, and

4. Ensure that all poultry produce is properly cooked

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo has recovered over 581 carcasses and has incinerated a further 243 chicks and 110 deserted eggs. The Joburg Zoo is also exercising the necessary caution as per the Office of the State Veterinarian to ensure that the valuable collection of vulnerable species, continue to be protected as per the biosecurity measures put in place by the State Vet, at the Joburg Zoo.

The Joburg Zoo remains open to visitors who will need to use the footbaths with disinfectant at the exits. Vehicles exiting from inside the Zoo are being sprayed as well and employees leaving the Zoo are also requested to comply with the daily quarantine measures put in place to contain the spread of the Avian Influenza.

Symptoms in birds include a combination of respiratory problems, or diarrhoea followed by rapid death. All dead birds are being incinerated and are being handled as per strict health and safety regulations.

Residents, who have concerns, may direct their enquiries to jcp@jhbcityparks.com or call 011 712-6600 or report sightings after hours to 082 906 1515.

Issued on behalf of the

Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development City of Joburg

 

Thank you to all the teenagers and senior people who participated in the Selfies with Seniors event yesterday - we loved hosting you in the Zoo!
Now, don't forget to upload your selfies on #JoburgZoo or on this Facebook page - the BIG PRIZE is the freedom of the Zoo for a lifetime!

 

With a tinge of pollen in the crisp spring air, the momentum to the annual Spruit Day has residents of Jozi excited to get their hands dirty. The collective effort of communities, businesses, residents associations and environmental enthusiasts, will see over 700 volunteers hard at work, in cleaning, clearing and beautifying over 35kms of the Braamfontein Spruit on Saturday, 16 September.

 

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), the champions in keeping Joburg green, together with volunteers, aims to make this year’s clean-up a resounding success. The mass mobilization of the community in litter picking, removing logjams that cause blockages to the natural flow of the spruit, removal of alien invasives and planting of indigenous trees will ensure that the integrity of the spruit is retained.

Although JCPZ’s ongoing campaign for the removal of alien invasive species throughout Joburg has been impactful, the importance of educating the public in identifying less common alien invasives, will go a long way in eradicating these disruptive water guzzlers along this critical water body.

In order for Spruit Day to have a greater reach this year, the aim is to see all Residents Associations (RA’s) along the Spruit get involved in some way on the day, even if their zone along the Spruit is small. In order to participate this year, visit social media platforms on:

Facebook: @SpruitDay (https://www.facebook.com/SpruitDay/)

Instagram: @spruit_day_2017 (https://www.instagram.com/spruit_day_2017/)

We are excited to announce that Spruit Day 2017 will be taking place on Saturday, 16 September 2017. Your Resident Association is invited to be a part of this fantastic initiative for its 4th consecutive year..

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo celebrated National Science Week (NSW) from the 7th August to the 10th August. NSW is an annual celebration of science, engineering and technology, attracting thousands of learners and member of the public to workshops, science shows and lectures, which are held at universities, schools, science centres and public facilities countrywide.

The 2017 theme is “Advancing Science Tourism” in recognition of the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

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The Johannesburg Zoo promoted science tourism amongst grade 8 and 9 learners. Learners took part in a behind the scenes tour to learn about different environmental careers.

Learners met the anaconda snake, walked through the aquarium and

spotted the gila monster when they visited the temple of ancients.

The learner’s passion for animal care was ignited when they visited the tiger night rooms with the carnivore curator.

Learners found out, what was cooking in the zoo kitchen when they meet the animal nutritionist. Other career options include a zoologist, zoo keeper, horticulturist and the curators of different sections.

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Manager for Animal Welfare at the Johannesburg Zoo, Piet Malepa encouraged learners to come up with new ideas and innovation so that they can contribute to the economy through science and tourism.

Conservationist Jonathan Leeming says science is important as it affects us in everyday life. “The biggest threat to our existence is thinking that someone else is going to make a change. If you think science is for someone else then you have it absolutely totally wrong. Science is for everyone!” says Leeming.

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1200 Residents of Pennyville Park gathered on the 8th August 2017 to highlight Science Tourism. The community engaged in exciting activities with various exhibitors from local government, national government and non-governmental organisations and businesses. One activity entitled “Clocks of the World” explained time difference in different countries and the science behind that. Community members made their own soap and tea using ind igenous plants and built bridges to measure weight distribution. This day has meant so much to the community with some pursuing careers in science tourism as a positive result.

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On the 10th of August 300 foundation phase learners visited the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens Environmental Education Centre. Learners engaged in a magical science show by Scientist Barry Myers, they learnt how to create a lava lamp from recycled bottles and other household items. Learners discovered the fun and exciting side of science through making a solar robot, using indigenous plants to make soap and an introduction to space science saw them making space rockets and satellites from recycled materials.

Science tourism was enhanced with a tour of the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens.

“Science is magic that works.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Black rhinos a critically endangered, however they have doubled in numbers over the past two decades from low point of 2480 individuals.

Black rhinos aka the hook-lipped rhino tend to be solitary in the wild. They are also known to shyer and more aggressive of the two African species.

The black rhino have two horns, which grow continually from the skin at their base throughout their life (like human finger nails). Male black rhinos tend to have thicker horns and females often have longer and thinner horns.

Black rhinos are smaller than white rhinos and have less of a pronounced hump on the back of their necks. They have a smaller head too. They are browsers so eat from higher bushes or trees requiring less muscle strength around their necks than white rhinos.

Poachers remain the biggest threat to the black rhino.

Black rhino numbers are slowly recovering and currently there are approximately between 5040 and 5458 animals (according to figures published by IUCN in 2016).

Adopt our Black Rhino and secure its future.

 

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Every year the Johannesburg Zoo visitor numbers increased to such an extent that parking became an urgency to alleviate the impact on residents as well as to ensure safety for zoo visitors. The Johannesburg Zoo’s R45 million parking building is expected to provide easier access for visitors coming by car to the zoo.

The Zoo three storey parkade was designed to accommodate 710 cars and 15 buses. Special needs, parents with prams and wheelchair parking is available on the ground floor.

City of Joburg supplied the funding for the parkade in 2014 to the value of R45 million. The project started in 2014 and completed in 2017.

Visitors will be relieved from illegal car guards. Spill over parking on very busy days will still be able to utilise the Distong Museum of Military history parking as well as other parking areas on Erlswold Way and Jan Smuts.

The intention is to grow visitor numbers to 800 000 per annum.

Visitors can use the new parking starting from Wednesday 26 July 2017 till Monday 1 August 2017. The parkade will be closed on 2 August 2017 for the official launch but will be opened again at 14:00 for FREE parking.

Parking fees:
Buses R25
Cars R15

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You are cordially invited to attend the 6th JCPZ Public Dialogue that will address the topic of “The Role of Sport and Physical Activity in Improving the Quality, Inclusiveness and Safety of Public Spaces” taking place on Thursday, 27 July 2017 at the Joburg Theatre Fringe Room. The main objective of the event is to discuss how best to activate residents and community members to make use of public spaces for health and recreation and how to jointly manage parks in order to achieve and maintain safety, accessibility and inclusiveness for their users.

The Public Dialogues are a set of workshops organized by JCPZ and open to the general public. The objective of holding the workshops is to create a learning and knowledge exchange platform between state and non-state actors including civil society organizations, the private sector, academia and the public. More importantly, the dialogues are aimed at creating a broader understanding of opportunities and challenges related to planning, design, use, management, monitoring and safety of public open spaces in Johannesburg.

Click here to download the concept document and programme.

Date: Thursday, 27 July 2017

Time: 09h00 – 13h30

Venue: Fringe room, Joburg theatre (163 Civic Boulevard, opposite the Metro centre offices (Civic Boulevard was previously known as Loveday Street)

RSVP: Email Ayanda Roji at aroji@jhbcityparks by 25 July 2017

GPS co-ordinates
S 26*11’30.20061
E 28*02’16.87350

Johannesburg Zoo’s advertisements win awards in Cannes, France!

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo recently received international recognition for its outdoor advertisements by winning two bronze Cannes Lions Awards!

And yes, Cannes refers to THE Cannes in France where the awards are made annually as part of the International Festival of Creativity. This festival honours the best creative work of the year across the spectrum of branded communication in the world.

Companies all over the globe enter their best advertisements in the hope that it will receive one of the sought after and very prestigious “Lions” Awards – and the Zoo walked off with not one, but TWO, bronze awards!

The winning advertisements were part of the Zoo’s series of advertisements entitled “Frog, Snake, Bat and Bird”. The first bronze award was made in the Outdoor – Billboard and Street Posters-category and the second award in the Outdoor (Public Sector Campaign)-category. Please scroll down to view the advertisements!

This is a remarkable achievement proving that JCPZ – and South Africa – is on the right track and can compete with international companies and agencies in the advertising and creativity field.

All honour and congratulations go to the advertising agency that worked on this project, Y & R, and JCPZ’s Marketing and Communications Department!

 

Proudly JCPZ!

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Joburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is excited to announce that the 4-Star Grading of AngloGold Ashanti Conference Centre has been confirmed!

The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) evaluates facilities annually – upon request from the owner – to confirm the grading. Following their evaluation, TGCSA may confirm, upgrade or downgrade the facility.

JCPZ is proud of it’s 4-star facility in the Zoo which can accommodate and impress even the most fussy delegation!

Congratulations to Leesel van Louw, venue booking officer, and her team for their effort and hard work to retain the 4-star grading! 

Mandela

No matter how small your action, Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, just as Nelson Mandela did every day.

What are you doing to make the world a better place?

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) celebrates International Nelson Mandela Day 18 July every year since inception and this year we are taking action against poverty by providing services and time to much needed areas in all regions.

Mandela Day Activities:

Region A – planting 80 indigenous trees at Barbeque Downs in Midrand

Region B – beautifying the grounds at Helen Joseph Hospital, in partnership with Soccer Legends. Establishing a memorial garden, installing paving, benches, bins and painting the railings.

The Johannesburg Zoo – 300 children from Cotlands and 80 caregivers will be doing a clean-up at the zoo, a talent contest and educational awareness.

COAPE SA plans to create animal enrichment toys and props with Volunteers.

Region C – Development of a vegetable garden, distribution of fruit trees and painting at Naledi Old Age Home in Braamfischerville

Region D – (17 July 2017) Announcement of the declaration of Nelson Mandela Champion Tree, the one he planted at Thokoza Park on his 90th birthday. The park has been declared a heritage resource. Commemorating the day with the Nelson Mandela Foundation at Thokoza Park Soweto.

In partnership with CRUM, JRA, Environmental Health, JCPZ will be refurbishing a food garden, doing tree pruning, painting classrooms and installing a wheelchair ramp at Adelaide Tambo Primary School.

Region E – Harvest for Madiba, distribution of fresh veggies produced at Huddle Park Nursery to old age home.

Region F – In partnership with Radio 2000, we will be feeding the homeless and distributing blankets at Joubert Park.

Building a small park in partnership with JRA and Pikitup. Four pieces of play equipment, trees and park benches will be installed at Vrede and Rus Street Vrededorp.

General clean up with JCPZ and community at Rhodes Park.

Region G – Joint clean up with CRUM. Civic Engineering has sponsored the activities at Ikhaya Lethemba Home for the Aged in Orange Farm. The activities include: fixing a leaking roof, installing a ceiling, removing existing paint inside and outside the building, tiling, installing four new toilets, installing two showers, fixing and replacing ten doors, fix the electrical reticulation, fix plumbing, add ten new beds, chest of draws and chairs, fix or replace the stove, buy a washing machine and install kitchen furniture. JCPZ will revive the existing food garden, plant fruit and ornamental trees. The team will also prune trees, paint the building outside and installing park benches.

Cemeteries and Crematoria – will be cleaning up Avalon Cemetery heritage sites.

Head Office staff – knitting scarves that will be distributed to Ikhaya Lethemba Home for the Aged in Orange Farm.

If you would like to get involved or for more information please contact us 011 712 6600 or email jcp@jhbcityparks.com

As the world reflects on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, we give thanks for his life, his leadership and his devotion to humanity and to humanitarian causes.

Positive change was the gift left to all of us by Nelson Mandela but it can only become a living legacy if we take up his challenge and make Everyday a Mandela Day.

#JoburgMandelaDay #MandelaDay #ActionAgainstPoverty

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COAPE SA have partnered with Joburg Zoo in South Africa to implement an enrichment programme for all the animals and bird in their care. COAPE SA offer courses on animal behaviour and training. COAPE SA and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo have signed a five year partnership to assist, create and implement enrichment activities for the animals at the zoo. During this five year partnership the aim is to create stunning engaging and stimulating exhibits for all animals.

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Karin Pienaar from COAPE SA has started working with Mokoko the gorilla and his keepers Katherine and Sharon, training him by using a clicker as a form of enrichment. “He is responding really well and enjoys his training sessions tremendously” says Karin. The team will also use clicker training to teach him to cooperate during medical examinations, to eliminate any stress that could occur during the process.

More about the project watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1NMmfEW1DA

Working with communities to provide a new, safe inner city park
 
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The recently refurbished Ekhaya Park in Hillbrow was unveiled by the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Community Development in the City of Joburg (CoJ), Cllr Nonhlanla Sifumba on Wednesday, 7 June as part of the city’s World Environment Week celebrations.
 
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The R1.4million refurbishment included the installation of a full size, synthetic soccer field; a new ablution block; park furniture embedded with a chess board and table tennis; themed playgrounds for toddlers; landscaped lawns and murals.  The local subcontractors involved in both projects created jobs for 6-months, with a total number of 13 SMME’s, 16 EPWP and 12 beneficiaries being empowered from the local community during construction the process.  
 
The fully enclosed newly developed park is a welcome sight, for residents living in the towering high-rise apartments adjacent to the new park.
 
The luxury of sprawling open spaces to enable communities to connect with nature, and to bring residents together, are non-existent due to low-cost inner city densification in Hillbrow and its surrounding areas. It is therefore critical that the spread of urban degeneration is averted in the parks in the inner city.
 
Developing safe parks is also a complex issue that must be thought through from the design phase, together with community involvement; supporting maintenance programmes and regular recreation activities.
 
“Park safety is of paramount importance for City Parks and the Zoo, who are responsible for the maintenance of the facility, however it requires the need for communities to become closely involved in the parks’ everyday use and protection, to ensure that these spaces are sustained,” stated Sifumba.
 
Sifumba commended the Ekhaya Neighbourhood Improvement District for establishing a forum with business, Bad Boyz Security, local schools, SAPS, JCPZ and the community to reclaim the park, which was beset with problems of grime, petty crime, vandalism and substance abusers, and acknowledged their outstanding contribution by presenting the forum with an award for exceptional service to the community. 
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