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Media Statement

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Joburg is abuzz this time of the year. The weather is good, the festive fever is high and everyone has a skip in their step. Summer breezes in, with long days and warm nights, the perfect recipe to be spending outdoors in any of the parks in Mzanzi.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), the custodians of greening in the city has prepared the parks for all its users this summer. Lawns are lush and green, trees provide the perfect spot for picnics and braais and there is ample space for children to run around and enjoy the safe play equipment. With over 2 300 parks and approximately 10 000 hectares of green nature experiences, Joburgers are spoilt for choice this silly season.

But what happens after a day of fun in the park? Do you leave your litter strewn all over your park, or do you choose to leave your picnic site spotless? Sadly, JCPZ has had to use its already stretched resources to pick up piles of litter, especially after a public holiday or weekend.

Just as concerning are the number of users that visit the zoo, who are still not disposing the litter in the bins provided. This can be fatal for the animals if a packet or container is ingested by an animal.

To increase awareness, City Parks and Zoo is enhancing its anti-littering awareness campaign to impress on park and Zoo users’ the need to value the environment and to encourage positive use. JCPZ is urging users to take ownership, and to properly dispose or recycle all litter.

Litter is an eyesore; impacts on the health of our loved ones as it attracts pests like rodents, mosquitoes and cockroaches; impacts on economic growth; takes away our civic pride; attracts further littering and dampens community spirit, leaving one with a sense of hopelessness.

The City of Joburg spends billions of Rands annually in its efforts to keep our city clean. The environmental impact is dire as well, as rubbish dumped in wetlands, lakes and rivers running through green spaces, has an adverse effect on the city’s biodiversity.

As more people will be flocking to parks this holiday, JCPZ urges residents not to litter in parks and to please obey all park safety by-laws. Transgressions can be reported to the Joburg Emergency Call Centre on 011 375 5911 or to the rangers on 011 472 6539.

“The cost to remove illegally disposed of litter and rubble, invariably takes away from the city using these much needed resources to build a more vibrant Joburg. City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) as the custodians of parks and open spaces, will have litter-picking staff and emergency teams in place over the festive season, however the onus is on users to keep these spaces clean and vibrant” stated Bryne Maduka, the Managing Director of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo.

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Vision Badges winners6

Date: 21 November 2019

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), the custodians of nature conservation and greening champions in the City of Johannesburg, was last night awarded the coveted ‘Best State-Owned Entity’ at the Vision 2030 Awards for the year 2019!

In line with the mandate of the National Development Plan 2030, the annual Vision 2030 Awards recognize the strides made by organisations and individuals alike from all sectors, which have impacted positively on the lives of ordinary South Africans.

Through their commitment, passion and active participation in delivering services to the people, these awards aim to inspire fellow citizens to be positive change agents.

JCPZ, as an entity wholly owned by the City of Joburg, has remained consistent and steadfast in its mandate to improve the quality of life of residents and visitors to parks, nature reserves, protected areas and public open spaces.

Its developmental stance on the backdrop of a growing portfolio with large scale social challenges, has seen it interrogate new revenue streams and engage more meaningfully with its stakeholders - including business, residents and the media to redress disparities.

This is underpinned by strict fiscal management with two successive clean audit outcomes and various peer recognition awards, including being presented with the prestigious national Arbour City Award for the year 2019/20.

The call to ACT NOW, to address environmental concerns resonates in the National Development Plans 2030 Goals, on all levels and JCPZ has heeded the clarion call to action!

JCPZ has over the years, provided platforms for young entrepreneurs in the Inner City, rolled out Closed-circuit television (CCTV) monitored ablution facilities and secured resourced resident associations to maintain visible presence in area based parks. This alleviates the pressure on law enforcement agencies while the local security presence acts as a deterrent to opportunistic crime and provides a sense of pride and ownership to residents.

The Johannesburg Zoo’s visitor numbers have increased to over 500 000 thousand a year. The facility acts as a gateway for environmental education and caters for many marginalised schools that will unlikely afford or enjoy the Big 5 experience outside Joburg.

Joburg Zoo continues to spearhead a number of breeding programmes aimed at increasing and preserving endangered species such as the rare Wattled Crane, which is one of the rarest of crane species in the world. The recent success story of Joburg Zoo’s Amphibian Conservation breeding Project of the Pickersgill Reed Frog, which is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) Red List of Threatened Species, was successfully bred and released into its natural habitat.

JCPZ has generated an average of over R70m in free editorial coverage, stemming from participatory and visible community activations and park development programmes.

Greening continues in new low cost housing developments such as Riverside with lined sapling trees, which will over years, grow into fully fledged tree canopies, complementing the area as well as offsetting the City’s carbon footprint.

Other accolades awarded to JCPZ is the Transformation Award 2019, and six awards scooped at the 2019 South African Landscape Institute (SALI) for various park developments.

“On behalf of the City, I would like to congratulate JCPZ on being presented with such a high ranking and prestigious award. The efforts, commitment and passion of every JCPZ employee in making our City a green and liveable one, speaks to their dedication to both the environment, and to the people of Johannsburg. Well done to the team, may you continue serving our residents with pride”, stated the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba.




Issued by Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba

Member of Mayoral Committee for Community Development

City of Joburg


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City of Johannesburg Media Advisory by
MMC for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba

It’s time to step out of the winter blues and into your park. Summer is here and what better way to spend a lazy afternoon on stretches of green lawns, shady trees and crisp fresh air.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, the champions of greening and open spaces in the City of Joburg, offers residents state of the art parks this summer. We continue to roll out liveable green open spaces, providing memorable experiences of the great outdoors.

Here are a few parks in your area to choose from:



Diepsloot Park is a favourite for residents living in and around this park. Quite large in size, the park offers users the popular free-to-use outdoor Quite large in size, the park offers users the popular free-to-use outdoor gym, swings, slides, round-abouts, a mini soccer field, a place reserved for indigenous games and park furniture. The shady trees are a sure winner for those long summer days where residents can bring along a blankie and picnic on the grassy lawns. The park is situated at King Senzangakhona Drive, Diepsloot West.

Ivory Park, also popular with its users is spacious and full of life. The park boasts park benches, picnic and braai facilities, a state-of-the-art children's play area with rubberised surfaces, an outdoor gym, fitness track, and mini-soccer pitch. This park has big open spaces for gatherings, screenings and amenities for corporate events. Find your park on Ho Chi Min Street, Ivory Park Ext 8.

Mayibuye Park offers residents ample space for relaxing under relatively large trees with a mini soccer field, modern play equipment and a braai area. Visit your park on Bhokoda Street, a stone's throw from Mayibuye Primary School, Midrand. The park can be found on Corner Edmond Shezi and Ngwingwi Streets, Mayibuye.



Alberts Farm Conservancy is one of the jewels of Joburg and is the second-biggest green lung in our City. The Park is perfect for runners, cyclists and those who prefer to walk. It is common for the avid kite flyers, with large shady trees for picnicking. With its spectacular view of Joburg, its ridges draw many nature trails on early crisp mornings. The wetland and marshy areas are home to approximately 130 species of birds, indigenous shrubs and plants. The fresh spring water and stream bring tranquillity to users. The park also hosts park runs every Saturday morning. Visit this nook at 8th Street in Greymont.

Sophiatown Xtreme Park is a fully fledged park in a densely populated area in Westdene, and is ideally situated and accessible to all living in the area. It boasts paved pathways, landscaped lawns and trees, a mini-soccer field and a fenced play area with modern play equipment. Residents regularly pack picnic blankies with family and friends on lazy afternoons. The park also offers a free-to-use gym, park furniture, benches, braai area and bins. The park can be found on 76 Gold St, Sophiatown.

Westdene Dam and Park, a tranquil haven for the peace seeking users, is ideal for picnicking, taking a stroll and enjoying the dam. With large shady trees and landscaped lawns, the dam also boasts recently installed free-to-gym equipment and state of the art play equipment for the little ones. The dam and park are securely fenced for added security. Visit the park on 14 Lewes Road, Westdene.

Delta Park is a lush, green 13-hectare lung in the North of Joburg, between Victory Park, Craighall and Blairgowrie. The park is expansive for those who love long walks or taking a run or just a stroll with their dogs. The massive trees provide tranquility and a peaceful nook away from the buzzing City. The Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary is a 7.5-hectare space within Delta Park and is one of the oldest bird sanctuaries in the City. The sanctuary is securely fenced and boasts over 250 species of birds. Bird watchers pride themselves in spotting bishops, weavers, owls and the scarce kingfisher.

Emmarentia Dam and Johannesburg Botanical Garden are beautifully connected with both providing residents with stretches of lawn, trees for picnicking and ample space for dog walkers, joggers or those who prefer a bike ride. The overlooking dam and home to many ducks, geese and other bird species, brings a sense of peace to all its visitors. Popular for its water sports such as canoeing, boat sailing and rowing, the dam area is abuzz with avid members of canoe and rowing clubs.

The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens is an 81-hectare green haven. The large, grassy open spaces with trees is also popular for hosting concerts and kite-flying competitions. An ideal space for runners, picnicking and dog walking, the Bot Gardens boast themed gardens such as the Herb Garden, the Hedge Garden, the Succulent Garden, the Shakespeare Garden, the Rose Garden, the Chapel Garden and the Arboretum (a collection composed exclusively of trees). The Herb Garden contains aromatic plants, which have medicinal benefits, culinary uses and cosmetic purposes. The Hedge Garden consists of 58 species of hedges, and the Succulent Garden, which may be visited only by appointment, is planted with more than 2 500 species of succulent. The Arboretum has a variety of indigenous and exotic trees, including Californian Redwoods, Silver Birches and English oaks. The Shakespeare Garden features herbs which the English playwright referred to in his works. Adjacent to the Shakespeare Garden is the beautiful terraced Rose Gardens which is planted with over 4500 rose bushes. To the east of the Rose Garden is the Chapel Garden, which is often used by bridal parties for wedding photography. Visit the Emmarentia Dam and Johannesburg Botanical Gardens in Thomas Bowler, Orange and The Braids roads. The park is open from 6am – 6pm. Braaing and open fires are not permitted.

Zoo Lake Another popular green haven for its users, Zoo Lake is strewn with beautiful lawns, trees aged over 110 years and ample space for easy breathing, is great for picnicking relaxing outdoors.

The park is located just off Jan Smuts Avenue in Parkview and right across the road from Johannesburg Zoo. Park users have an array of activities to entertain themselves, from play equipment, an option of paddling your boat across the man-made lake or doing what South Africans do best, braaing - at designated areas.

The Zoo Lake hosts the much-anticipated annual Jazz on the Lake on the first Sunday of every September. The park is home away from home for many visitors over weekends and public holidays. For sports enthusiasts, the well-maintained basketball courts, Zoo Lake sports club, a mini-soccer area and the much adored Zoo Lake swimming pool are ideal for those hot summer days. Children can enjoy a stroll along the lake while feeding the ducks or enjoy the day on the jungle gyms and play equipment, while joggers and dog-walkers enjoy ample space in the park. Zoo Lake has become a meeting place of South African diversity and was rated the number 1 picnic spot in Joburg in The Star Reader’s Choice Awards in 2018.

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, commonly known as Melville Koppies is a ridge approximately 6km from the City centre and close to the trendy and popular 7th Avenue in Melville. An official World Heritage Site, Melville Koppies is of historical significance as it was discovered that people lived there since the Stone Age, about 2.9 billion years ago. This conservation area, with its rocky footpaths, leads to the most beautiful panoramic views one can experience in the City. It boasts a variety of plants, birdlife, insects, snakes and other smaller animals. The greenstone rock, one of the oldest rocks on earth, can be found on the top of the koppies. Melville Koppies is popular for its hiking clubs and trail walking. Visit the Koppies on 4 Judith Street, Emmarentia, Johannesburg.



Thokoza Park is a favourite for the residents of Soweto. Its lush green lawns, large decade old trees, paved footpaths and modern playground equipment and the Moroka Dam running through it, is a 4.5-hectare space popularly enjoyed by all. Thokoza Park is perfectly set for summer picnics, family braais and spending time in the great outdoors. The lawns are pristine with park benches, bins and enough shaded trees for a lazy afternoon with family and friends. Children can enjoy frolicking in the park, feeding the ducks or exploring nature across from busy streets.

Thokoza Park’s main attraction is the large mural of Tata Nelson Mandela where the great leader planted a tree in 2008, in celebration of Arbor Month. Today, the Celtis Africana, or white stinkwood, stands strong and tall at almost 8 metres and has been declared a Champion Tree and a Heritage Site by the Gauteng Provincial Heritage Resources Authority (PHRA-G). The tree is protected and may not be cut, distributed or damaged sold or transported without permission from the department. This milestone places Thokoza Park and Soweto on the tourist map. With secure parking and ablution facilities, Thokoza Park is the place to enjoy the long summer days ahead. Visit the park at 1682 Ntuli Street, Moroka, Soweto.

Dorothy Nyembe Park is a vast 26-hectare green space named after Dorothy Nyembe, one of the struggle's heroines - a political activist and women's rights campaigner born in 1931 and who died in Umlazi in 1998. This park in Mofolo North in Soweto stands out with its unusual sculpted tall figurines with outstretched arms, welcoming all who visit it. An environmental education centre is home to learners from various schools in Soweto. The surrounding dams, sports facilities, trees and lawns are ideal nooks for the residents in the area. Dorothy Nyembe Park scooped the prestigious United Nations Liveable Communities Award in the natural build project category, taking gold at the awards. Visit your park off Roodepoort Road onto Main Road in Mofolo North in Soweto.

Mofolo Park is popular for its music concerts, jazz festivals, carnivals, markets and the like. Its ancient proscenium arch stage covered in rainbow colours is the perfect venue for the arts, exhibitions and local plays. The park is also known for evening concerts when good weather permits where visitors bring along their camp chairs, picnic baskets and braais. The park boasts a soccer field, ablution facilities and play equipment for the young ones. Bring along your family and friends for a day in the park, find it at 1209 Mzilikazi Street, Mofolo Central in Soweto Smaller pocket parks namely Pimville and Pennyville Park, equally boast green spaces for their residents.

Pimville Park has ample shady trees for picnics, landscaped lawns, park furniture, mini soccer field, a basketball court, bins and a fence around the park.

Pennyville Park has swings, a mini soccer field, seating places, water taps, an irrigation system, traditional games spots, pathways and landscaped picnic areas.

For more parks in your area, please visit: “Joburg City Parks and Zoo, as the custodians of parks and open spaces, oversees more than 2 343 parks in Joburg. These parks serve as an environmental green lung, providing residents with green open spaces to relax and enjoy the outdoors. We urge users to take care of their parks and own them,” stated the MMC for Community Development, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba.

Although City Parks and Zoo works hard to make our parks safe, opportunistic crime exists, and we encourage all to be vigilant and involved.

Below are a few tips to ensure that your visits to Johannesburg parks are safe and enjoyable:


  • Break plants, trees or park equipment.
  • Start a fire in a restricted area.
  • Take your dog off its leash.
  • Be disrespectful towards other park users.


  • Adhere to signage in the parks.
  • Stay alert.
  • Report any wrongdoing in your park.
  • Respect your local surroundings.
  • Watch the weather.
  • Remember that safety is a personal responsibility.
  • Visit parks in group if possible.
  • Talking on your mobile phone in a public place makes you vulnerable.


Residents are urged to obey all park safety by-laws and to report transgressions to the Joburg Emergency Call Centre on 011 375 5911.

Parks go a long way in building social harmony within communities, while developing civic ownership, where people are drawn to supporting, caring and protecting one another.




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

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Arbor Month 2019: 2 000 trees planted in 2 hours in Riverside View


Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is proud of the difference it made in celebration of Arbor Day by planting 2 000 trees in 2 hours in Riverside View, Fourways, Region A.

Planting 2 000 trees in a limited time is hard physical labour and required many hands, but JCPZ employees rocked up to the site on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 and pulled it off in a great team effort.

It was extremely hot on the day and that served as motivation for the tree planters – knowing that the young trees they were planting will, in a view years’ time, provide much needed shade for the Riverside View community in summer.

The trees will also change the face of Riverside View by welcoming residents and visitors to a green area where the streets are lined with trees. Not to mention other benefits trees provide, like absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen in the environment!

JCPZ thanks its employees, the community and partner Valumax for their assistance in this project, without whom the mission would not have been accomplished.

The City of Joburg kicked off Arbor Month on 1 September 2019 by accepting the Arbor City Award 2019 from the National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, and this mammoth project reconfirmed that Joburg is worthy of this prestigious award.

JCPZ planted a further 1 260 in different areas in Joburg during Arbor Month.

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No embargo, 5 September 2019

Joburg uses Arbor City win to call on residents to plant trees

The City of Joburg has scooped the prestigious National Arbor City Award for 2019. The announcement was made by the Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Maggie Sotyu in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, 1 September to launch National Arbor Month in the country. The Arbor City Award with the first prize of R300K will be used to purchase seeds, saplings and trees to grow Joburg’s manmade forest and to address greening disparities in the city.

The national awards have grown to become one of the most toughest competitions in the country and it is a huge honour for the City of Joburg to be presented with the award for the 4th time in its 18-year history. The award recognizes local and metropolitan cities that have excelled on all levels of sustainable development. It interrogates policies, inter-governmental planning, capital development programmes, makes comparisons with visible implementation on the ground and then assesses monitoring mechanisms-- towards the creation of vibrant, sustainable and livable cities.

The adjudicators were particularly pleased with Johannesburg City Parks and Zoos (JCPZs) handling of the Polyphagus Shothole Borer (PSHB) infestation in the City. “JCPZ saved hundreds of trees on the backdrop of calls and unending social media pressure to remove all infested trees. In the absence of proper research and an approved chemical solution to treat infested trees, JCPZ only removed dead infested trees. Many of the trees albeit infested, are not displaying symptoms of fusarium dieback at this stage”, advised JCPZs Arboriculturist, Ms Adelaide Chokoe.

Chokoe, who has commenced her Ph.D focusing on the PSHB, also received an award for her outstanding contribution to greening in the City of Joburg by the Deputy Minikster of DEFF at the awards ceremony.

“To be recognized by the highest level of government is testament to the collective expertise, passion and commitment of every employee at JCPZ and within the City, who are consciously working to protect Joburg’s manmade forest”, stated the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba.

Recently Rwanda, Ethiopia and India have brought together business and communities to plant millions of trees in their respective countries. The benefits of planting just one tree are far reaching. Every tree works as a natural filtration system and consists of at least 50% carbon captured from the air; acts as a conduit to foster national pride and ownership and helps creates aesthetically pleasing and economically vibrant suburbs.

It is time to restore that sense of urgency to accelerate tree planting in the City. We have an ageing tree canopy, with many species reaching its full life expectancy and as a result these trees have become more prone to opportunistic diseases and the effect of inclement weather. 

Arbor month in September is therefore a vital springboard for schools, resident-associations, business, government and the media to work as an integrated unit, to get our hands dirty for a good cause, by planting trees across the City.

Every region in the City will be hosting a tree planting ceremony and JCPZ calls on all companies to offset their carbon footprint, by planting trees, as well. Please forward the number of trees, the species and the area where you will be planting, to For a detailed list of preferred tree species visit  



Issued on behalf of 
Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba
Member of Mayoral Committee for Community Development

City of Joburg

Jenny Moodley
Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712 6615 / 082 906 1515 

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World Elephant Day: Zoos needed to protect dwindling numbers

The Joburg Zoo welcomed hundreds of visitors by hosting an Open Day to observe World Elephant Day. Chairperson of the Board, Mr Edgar Neluvhalani highlighted the growing plight of dwindling populations of elephants due to poaching, climate change, habitat loss, urbanization and human-elephant conflict.

Neluvhalani emphasized, “Zoos on the backdrop of the plight of elephants in the wild, needed to, now more than ever, work with all stakeholders to contribute to captive-managed elephant research and studies”.

“Space will always be a contentious issue for Zoos”, added the Managing Director of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoos (JCPZ) who maintained that the Joburg Zoo remains complaint with all legislated obligations, including the strict set of code of ethics developed by the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA) and the requirements of the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD). He maintained that, “Every child, no matter what the circumstances, is entitled to enjoy a life-changing experience of a visit to a Zoo, to foster responsible citizenry”.

The elephant integration plan of the Joburg Zoo is in its third stage of implementation aimed at housing all three elephants in the same enclosure. Concerns surrounding safety of the elephants near the moat have been addressed and the zoo has made significant progress in extending the size of its enclosures. This will exceed the stipulated minimum space requirements, as outlined in the entity’s Elephant Management Plan, adopted by GDARD. Future plans for the enclosure include improving enrichment-activity nodes, as well as enhancing visitor and learner experience.

The Joburg Zoo took the opportunity to also pay tribute to its oldest pachyderm, 40 year-old elephant, Lammie who in recent months has been in the spotlight since the loss of her companion Kinkel and the subsequent acquisition of two more elephants, Mopane, 19 and Ramadiba, 22 by the Zoo. Lammie enjoyed taking centrestage as she chewed on a bouquet of leaves and fruit and enjoyed a special birthday cake, tailor-made for her.

This was to the amazement of the children who had brought along posters to wish her a happy birthday and who joined in the festivities of the celebrations that included talks and an experience of seeing the skeleton and dung of an African Elephant.

“World Elephant Day at the Joburg Zoo, ensured that visitors left with an heightened awareness of the environment that they live in and outlined the important role each one of us has, in protecting the rich ecology found on the continent,” added Maduka.

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019
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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) will observe World Elephant Day on Monday, 12 August 2019 by providing free access to all its visitors.

The annual event is dedicated to the preservation and protection of elephants by engaging on the current-day plight of the species.

Residents, students, photographers, artists and the media, are invited to join the celebrations to experience elephants in a sustainable environment where they are loved, cared for and protected, at the Joburg Zoo.

JCPZ will also take the opportunity to pay tribute to Lammie, the female pachyderm that celebrates her 40th birthday on the eve of World Elephant Day and to officially welcome Mopani and Ramadiba – the Joburg Zoo’s two new elephant.

Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development urged visitors to take advantage of the free access to learn why zoos are important to nurture green conscientious citizens. Sifumba stated that, “Every child should enjoy a life-altering experience, of a face-to-face visit with an elephant, to fully value and respect the interdependencies between humans and the planet’s dwindling ecology”.

The event will include talks and exhibitions on environmental education and the medical, nourishment and enrichment programmes that the Zoo provides for its elephants, in line with stringent legislated practices, required for all good zoos.

Interested school groups, are requested to pre-arrange their confirmations of attendance with the Zoo’s Education Unit by sending an email to before Wednesday, 7 August 2019. All learners will need to complete an indemnity signed by a guardian. The Zoo will provide groups with the required form. Visitors are kindly reminded that the Zoo will only provide free access on World Elephant Day, and that visitors should arrive with their own transport and snacks.

Issued by
Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba
Member of Mayoral Committee for Community Development
City of Joburg

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Media Statement
Monday, 27 June 2019

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) has bagged 5 Gold awards and 1 silver at the prestigious South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) Awards 2019 in the categories of “Specialised Landscape Construction and Landscape Construction with Design respectively, for 3 inner city parks.

The 3 refurbished inner city parks, namely Katjiepiering, Leeuwbekkie and Cosmo Circle parks were previously illegal dumping spots in the disadvantaged area of Jan Hofmeyer in Region F. The parks now boast multifunctional playgrounds, landscaped lawns with outdoor gym equipment, new generation play equipment, rubberized surfaces, solar lights, bollards, park furniture, all enclosed with colourful themed fencing. Within walking distance of each other, these parks were developed to address the need for advanced recreational green spaces in this marginalised community in the area.

Katjiepiering Park is the largest of the 3 parks and is easily accessible to the majority of the community as well as students from the University of Johannesburg. The park provides senior and junior play equipment from 2-6 years old and 7-13 year olds which comprises brightly coloured formations of birds and flowers. The free-to-use outdoor gym equipment is available for those 12 years and older, to encourage healthy living while surrounded by trees, lawn and fresh air.

Leeuwbekkie Park, the second largest of the 3 was developed mainly as a children’s park and located close to a quiet side street where traffic is minimal. The same equipment at Katjiepiering can be found in this park.

Cosmo Circle Park being the smallest, caters for toddlers and 3-10 years of age and features a tricycle track with street markings to encourage road safety awareness. This park is strewn with bold colour, cleverly shaped play equipment for fun physical exercising, enough space to run and safe rubberized surfaces. A sure attraction to anyone who sets eyes on these parks.

The landscaping master planning of the parks by landscape architect Tania du Plessis from Blueprint Landscape Architecture (BPLA), together with contractor, Tswellapele Plants t/a Plantwise and City Parks and Zoo, did a sterling job in executing the brief which was to reclaim the once derelict spaces, into welcoming meetings points for all in the area.

Tswellapele Plants and BPLA were meticulous in their consideration of revamping these parks where recycled material was used, old equipment was refurbished equipment with little plant designs due to the lack of maintenance resources.

Durable bricked entrances and bollards and paved walkways with directional signs lead to all entry and exit points. Concrete furniture of benches, picnic tables and litter bins were custom designed, further complimenting these renewed parks. The local SMME’s were part and parcel from inception to completion of the parks, giving the community of Jan Hoffmeyer a sense of ownership and inclusiveness.

The SALI Awards of Excellence in Landscaping is one of the most prestigious landscaping national competitions in the country. The adjudication process is strict where judges seek innovative, fresh yet practical end products. Of the 145 entries received in 2019, a total of 71 projects were evaluated during the national round.

Based on the excellent execution of these projects, the teams received raving compliments by the judges: Project: Cosmos Park – Specialised Landscape Construction

An exercise in project excellence. Manufacturing of new play equipment to match revamped old equipment, attention to detail and finishing very well executed in every aspect of the project.

Excellent rubber work.
Well Done.

Project: Cosmos Park – Design by Others

An excellent example of a small space put to good use for the community.
An excellent installation packed with creativity from the contractor’s side to solve problems on site.
Re-use of old fencing and revamping of old play equipment in the installation.
Well Done.

Project: Kaitjiepiering Park – Specialised Landscape Construction

The play equipment, steel work and concrete form work as well as the creativity in this installation is superb, well done.

Project: Kaitjiepiering Park – Design by Others

An excellent example of world leading landscape installation. The paving on this project is meticulous, as well as the attention to detail in general.
The trimming of the edges around the tree circles needs some attention as well as the mounting of the soil around the base of the trees. In general, the construction work and rubber surfaces are well done with a few problem areas that will need to be repaired (on the rubber). Excellent well done.

Project: Leeubekkie Park – Specialised Landscape Construction

Excellent work on the terracing and the play equipment, attention to detail and meticulous standards. Well done.

Project: Leeubekkie Park – Design by Others

The installation done in this park is excellent, well done on the terracing, quality of finishes and attention to detail. Well Done. “Partnerships of this magnitude bring about tangible results and provides communities with much-needed green spaces where there’s something for everyone. More-so in areas such as Jan Hoffmeyer”, stated Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg.

Issued by
Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
Media Enquiries
Noeleen Mattera
Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712 6722
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Two new African elephants have arrived to make the Joburg Zoo their home
Media Statement
Thursday, 13 June 2019
No Embargo
The Joburg Zoo is ecstatic that it has acquired two mates to join the Zoo’s sociable but solitary elephant, Lammie.

The two healthy pachyderms – Ramadiba (male, 22 years old) and Mopani (female, 19) – secured a clean bill of health and arrived at the Zoo with a veterinary doctor and their keeper on Thursday, 13 June. The mature male and female will be allowed to get accustomed to their surroundings before they make their public debut in typical ‘Jozi style’. The celebrations are set for World Elephant Day, on 12 August which coincidently, is on the same day that Lammie turns 40.

The Joburg Zoo went through a thorough and lengthy process to acquire the legal permits for the elephants. This included having in place an elephant management plan that is compliant to best management practices set by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD), and to ensuring it is compliant with the Code of Ethics and the 5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare, adopted for ‘Good Zoos’ by the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA).

As the largest terrestrial animals on earth, the new elephants will form part of the Big7 offering at the Joburg Zoo to actively promote conservation and environmental education, especially to the 300 000 children that visit the Zoo, annually. “This is not about gate-takings, but about deepening our understanding of the importance of the ecology found on our planet and to ensure that every child gets to see and hear the trumpeting of the African elephant, in Africa,” stated the MMC for Community Development, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba.

Sifumba added that while ‘space’ to roam will always be a contentious issue, that this is not the only critical factor. The unrelenting threat of poachers, diminishing areas to forage due to growing urbanization and inclement weather conditions, and the inability of captive-bred elephants to cope in the wild, are a current reality.

Trust, empathy, simulated-enrichment, medical care, nutritional support and pure passion from the caregivers at the Zoo, is of paramount importance and will remain a priority for care of the ‘two tons of fun’ that will now call the Joburg Zoo their home. ENDS

Issued by
Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba.
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
Media Enquiries
Jenny Moodley
Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712-6600/082 8030 748/082 906 1515


City of Johannesburg Press Statement by Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
Media Statement
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
For Immediate Release
#5 June is World Environment Day

The City of Joburg will join communities across the planet to observe World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June. The official celebrations will be hosted at the 115-year old Joburg Zoo, commencing with a clean-up operation from 9:00 and with the formalities at 12:00 in the bandstand area.

WED is championed by the Executive Mayor of Joburg, in partnership with United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), learners, partners in observing one of the most significant environmental dates on the calendar, This year’s theme, #BeatAirPollution, is a call to immediate action, to find solutions to the unacceptably high-levels of air pollution in the city.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) together with 15 other exhibitors will be showcasing its environmental education programmes and presenting some of innovative projects in place, to foster a cleaner, more environmentally friendly city. Exhibitors will provide exciting and fun hands-on group activities, including experiments, Q&A’s and mini-workshops which aim to nurture green consciousness in Joburg.

The theme #BeatAirPollution, is a global appeal to schools, communities, governments and civil society to explore effective renewable energy use, implement advancements in the use of green technology, accelerate tree planting campaigns and find innovative solutions to improve air quality, while on the ground tackling waste, water and energy management concerns.

Air pollution is a tributary to climate change and acts as a catalyst in speeding up environmental degradation.

World Environment Day is a critical vehicle to mobilize communities to advocate for a better, cleaner and greater Joburg.

The MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, reiterated that, “Cleanliness is everyone’s responsibility and it starts with each of us remembering that there are no boundaries when it comes to the environment. Disposing domestic waste in the park opposite your home is polluting your community and has a direct bearing on the health of your loved ones living in your household”.

Sifumba added, that with the carrying capacity of Joburg increasing on a daily basis, due to growing urbanization, every citizen must play their part to protect the integrity of private and public spaces.

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Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba.
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development City of Johannesburg
Media Enquiries
Noeleen Mattera
Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
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M: 07999 46345
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The idiom, “as dead as a dodo” is used loosely in the English language, it refers to a thing of the past. This minute, as we witness the butchering of rhinos, elephants and thousands of species in nature, one cannot wonder in horror, if soon, we’ll be nostalgically using the phrase “as extinct as an elephant”… The harsh reality, we’re losing our animals and fast.

Human beings are the root cause of this imbalance in nature, where many species face a greater rate of extinction due to senseless killings, climate change, deforestation, urbanisation and reduction of plant and animal habitat.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), the custodians of nature conservation and greening champions in the City of Joburg, continues to spearhead a number of breeding programmes, aimed at increasing and preserving endangered species. The rare Wattled Crane is one of the rarest of crane species in the world. This elegant yet curious bird, with its hasash-grey wings and famed red beak, is the largest of the crane species.

The breeding programme by Joburg Zoo has successfully puppet-reared just under 10 wattled crane, avoiding any human imprinting during this process. Abandoned eggs collected from the wild are incubated, the chicks are reared into adulthood.

Costumed caretakers introduce the young cranes to life in the wild and teach them to forage which provides the bird with a sense of life outside their care. Once the breeding flock produces a significant number of chicks, their offspring and those reared through abandonment, the birds are released into an existing Wattled Crane population in the wild. These efforts aim to bolster the population in its natural environment.

The recent success story of Joburg Zoo’s Amphibian Conservation breeding Project of the Pickersgill Reed Frog which is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) Red List of Threatened Species, was successfully bred.

Approximately 400 captive-bred offspring of this rare amphibian were released into their natural habitat in Kwa-Zulu Natal since September 2018.

The Joburg Zoo boasts a number of endangered species in its care, recently a giraffe calf, a second litter of four cubs of the Siberian tiger, the bullfrogs, the Ground Hornbill but to name a few.

This global call to action is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them.

During the month of May, zoos, aquariums, schools, community centers, conservation groups and other organizations throughout the world host exhibitions, children’s activities and much more. “Joburg Zoo’s breeding and conservation programmes have seen a notable increase in the population of some of the endangered species housed here, bringing hope to what we’re passionate about,” stated Bryne Maduka, Managing Director, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo.

Extinction cannot be reversed and as global citizens, each one of us has a responsibility to collectively take care of nature.


Issued on behalf of
Bryne Maduka
Managing Director
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

Media Enquiries
Noeleen Mattera

Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712 6600
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19 March 2018

For Immediate Release

Yesterday, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) commenced the removal of forty-two dead Acer negendo, commonly referred to as Boxelder maple trees, in Craighall Park in Johannesburg.

This operation, scheduled on the eve of International Day of Forests which is commemorated globally on 21 March, under the 2019 theme, “forests and education”, is aimed at removing dead trees that have succumbed to Fusarium dieback (obstruction of the tree’s vascular system), after being infested by the Polyphagus Shot Hole Borer (PSHB).

The PSHB is an aggressive ambrosia beetle, native to Southeast Asia, first detected in South Africa in 2017 and in Johannesburg in 2018. While the borer beetle itself does not kill the tree, it introduces a fungus that consequently blocks the vascular system, which may lead to a tree’s rapid or gradual dieback.

In recent weeks, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo has come under the spotlight for not responding speedily to residents and tree-maintenance providers, to eradicate all PSHB infested hosts and reproductive trees. The full list of affected species is available on

JCPZ through its day-to-day monitoring of the impact of the beetle found that the results of the infestation vary-- even in trees of the same species, within close proximity and in similar micro-climatic conditions. Some trees such as the London planes although heavily infested, were however not exhibiting rapid stages of decline. These findings can be related to the complexity of the issues posed by the PSHB.

“The impact of removing the city’s treescape in the absence of scientists from FABI finalizing their study, is irresponsible and premature”, stated the Managing Director of Johannesburg City Parks, Mr Bryne Maduka. Adding, that, “JCPZ has met with counterparts from affected municipalities to design a management plan to intensify public awareness; establish a customer interface for residents to report infested trees and strengthen monitoring and operations to control the PSHB”.

In the interim Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, has identified sites suitable for solarizing infested wood that is removed from public spaces. Affected trees will be chipped and safely transported to the nearest street trees depot, where the chipped material will be covered in a sturdy plastic to allow for the solarization process that destroys the beetle. The process will be closely monitored over a six-month period, before the wood chippings are re-used as mulch or compost.

Residents are urged to monitor their private trees as well as their street trees, for symptoms of the beetle and to report sightings to 011 375-5555. Symptoms to look out for are ‘shot’ holes on trees, wet-spots, frass and or oozing ‘noodle-like’ resin. Areas with reports of high infestations include Craighall, Hurlingham and Dunkeld.

There is currently no approved chemical application in South Africa, to eradicate the PSHB. JCPZ would like to caution residents against the use of any chemical which has the potential to cause more harm to the environment than good. Concerns posed by the use of unapproved chemical applications are centered around the contamination of ground water, loss of animal habitat and the death of pollinating insects such as bees.

JCPZ is calling on residents to only remove dead branches and dead trees on their private properties. Keep your tree properly fertilised and watered, as a healthy tree is more resistant to disease and infestations.

For more information please email or whatsapp 0828030 748.

Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
City of Joburg

Jenny Moodley
Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
Telephone: 011 712-6615
Whatsapp on 082 8030 748
Mobile: 082 8030 748/ 082 906 1515


Residents are urged to monitor their private trees as well as their street trees for symptoms of the beetle and to report sightings to 011 375-5555. Areas with reports of high infestations, include Craighall, Hurlingham and Dunkeld.

There is currently no approved chemical application to eradicate the PSHB and JCPZ would like to caution residents against the use of unauthorised service providers and chemical applications which have the potential to contaminate ground water, lead to the loss of animal habitats and result in the death of pollinating insects such as bees.

JCPZ is calling on residents to only remove dead branches and only dead trees on their private properties. The London Planes which are most affected seem to be withstanding the effects of the beetle at this stage and there have been reports of any die-back, hence the decision by JCPZ not to remove infested London Planes. Keep your tree well fertilised and watered as a healthy tree is more like to withstand the effects of the PSHB.

Polyphagous shot hole borer - Species table DEA

For more information please email or whatsapp 082 8030 748. 

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) as the custodian of forestry in South Africa, highlight two specific trees (one common and one rare species) every year during Arbor Week to help increase public awareness of the 2000 indigenous tree species in South Africa.

  Common Tree Rare Tree
Scientific Name Sclerocarya birrea Philenoptera violacea
Leaves, fruits and stem of of Sclerocarya birrea.

Leaves of Philenoptera violacea
Common name(s) marula (Eng.); morula (Northern Sotho); mufula (Tshivenda); ukanyi (Tsonga); Mufuna, Mupfura, Mushomo (Shona); Umganu (Ndebele)b apple-leaf (Eng.); appelblaar (Afr.); umBhandu, umPhanda, isiHomohomo (isiZulu)
Family Anacardiaceae Fabaceae
Origin Southern Africa, Madagascar and Ethopia Madagascar and southern Africa
Description The marula is a medium-sized to large deciduous tree with an erect trunk and rounded crown. Male and female flowers are borne on separate trees. It is one of the plants that played a role in feeding people in ancient times. Philenoptera violacea is a hardy, small to medium sized, upright, semi-deciduous tree up to 15 m tall with a wide-spreading, dense and rounded crown that has beautiful pale lavender-grey bark.
Leaves Leaves alternate, crowded near the ends of branches, imparipinnate with 7-15 pairs of ovate to elliptic leaflets and a terminal leaflet, dark green above, paler bluish-green below. Leaves are large (70-200 mm long), unevenly compound with 1-3 pairs of opposite leaflets and one terminal leaflet, hard and rough in texture, shiny or glossy above and grey-green beneath, with prominent midribs. The terminal leaflets are always much bigger than the lower leaflets (about 180 mm long and 90 mm broad).
Fruit Fruits fleshy, plum-like, pale green turning yellow when ripe. The fruit is edible and highly valued by animals and people. Fruit is a flat pod, non-splitting, relatively large (about 120 x 25 mm), hairless, tapering at both ends, persisting on the tree during winter, usually 2- or 3-seeded
Fruiting time September to November September to December
  • The powdered bark is used to treat pregnant women to determine the gender of an unborn baby. If a pregnant woman wishes to have a girl, she will take a preparation from the female plant and for a boy she will use the male plant.
  • A decoction of the bark treats dysentery, diarrhoea, rheumatism and has a prophylactic effect against malaria.
  • The bark is an excellent remedy for haemorrhoids. Roots and bark are also used as laxatives. A drink made from marula leaves is used for the treatment of gonorrhea.
  • In the former homeland of Venda it was a criminal offence to cut down a living tree of this species. The wood is used for furniture, panelling, flooring, carvings and household utensils like spoons. The inner layer of bark makes a strong rope. Drums and yokes for certain animals are made from the wood of this tree. In Namibia some people use the wood for sledges. Boats are also made from the trunk. Red-brown dye can be produced from the fresh skin of the bark. The gum, which is rich in tannin, is mixed with soot and used as ink.
  • Most parts of the plant are used to treat diarrhoea.
  • The roots are used for gastro-intestinal problems; powdered root-bark is used to treat colds and snakebite.
  • Root infusions are commonly used as part of a hookworm remedy.
Propagation This tree grows easily from seed sown in washed river sand in spring. Propagation is by seed. The seeds must first be soaked in hot water, left overnight and planted the next morning in seedling trays.

Boon, R. 2010. Trees of eastern South Africa: A complete guide. The Flora Publication Trust Coates Palgrave, K. 1983. Trees of southern Africa, edn 2. Struik, Cape Town.
Pooley, E. 2005. The complete field guide to trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei. Natal Flora Publication Trust van Wyk, B-E., van Oudtshoorn, B. & Gericke, N. 1997.
Medicinal plants of South Africa. Briza Publications, Pretoria. van Wyk, B. and van Wyk, P. 2009.
Field guide to trees of Southern Africa. Struik Nature Publishers Venter, F. & Venter, J-A. 1996. Making the most of indigenous trees. Briza Publications


A City of Johannesburg Media Advisory

07 February 2019

Release: Immediate

This week, the City of Joburg is throwing its weight behind the Flufftail Festival, taking place on February 8 and 9, with plans to take hundreds of scholars to the Johannesburg Zoo to learn more about conservation.

The White-winged Flufftail bird is one of the rarest and most threatened wetland birds on the continent, with a fast dwindling population that is facing a significant risk of extinction.

The trip comes after World Wetlands Day, which is an important global environmental day that is celebrated on February 2 annually, and is heralded as an educational awareness vehicle in the conservation and restoration efforts of wetlands.

With temperatures soaring unbearably over the years, wetlands are being sucked dry, resulting in the unnatural evaporation of moisture and diminishing water levels which adversely affects birdlife, plants and the overall biodiversity found in wetlands. This has direct implications on the health, economy and social wellbeing of communities and residents.

Conservation of wetlands through intensified, interactive educational exhibitions programmes to mark World Wetlands Day is therefore critical in demonstrating the need to protect these vital ecosystems.

Therefore, the Flufftail festival is aimed at nurturing responsible green conscious children by educating them in using water sparingly. Grade 6 pupils from across Johannesburg will be hosted by the City as part of the programme.

Learners will be exploring and gaining much-needed information about the importance of wetlands, including hands-on water testing activities, interactive games and quizzes.

There are many ways in which residents, too, can play their part – like collecting rain water for gardens and avoiding contaminating or polluting grey water with chemicals, oil or litter.

Johannesburg boasts a number of wetlands around the City, attracting tourists and natural activities associated with wetlands. These marshy and lush wetlands not only bring a sense of calm to the hustle and bustle of Joburg, but add beauty and play a vital role in filtrating and sustaining, habitats and the environment to increase the rich diversity of the ecology within the City.

Wetlands play a significant role in urban areas as they reduce flooding by absorbing excessive water during stormy rainfall. They reduce the severity of droughts by regulating stream flows and provides shelter for many aquatic animals and birds.

The abundant vegetation found in wetlands, acts as a filter for domestic and industrial waste and this contributes to improving water quality.

“As we continue with efforts to combat the negative effects of climate change, we are mindful that it will only take a collective effort to preserve these precious water bodies. Residents are urged to refrain from dumping illegally, limit the use of plastic, repair equipment instead of disposing items and become part of the A Re Sebetseng campaign to keep our water bodies pollution-free,” stated the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba.

For media queries, please contact:

Noeleen Mattera
Stakeholder & PR / Media Relations - Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo
Call: 011 712 6600

The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation has awarded one of JCPZ’s most beautiful facilities, The Wilds, with a Blue Plaque.

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This 16-hectare nature reserve park situated in Houghton, boasts outstanding natural beauty and historic interest. Those in the know love walking the cobble stone paths that roam across the hillsides to marvel at the stunning views of our City, a sundial at the peak of the Wilds and the beautiful vegetation nestled on endless green lawns.

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Joburg residents and visitors that regularly spend time at The Wilds enjoy this hidden gem for brisk walking, climbing, pondering on the colourful benches, taking photos of flowers and views and escaping from the hectic urban life.

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The latest acquisitions in the park include artwork of wild animals which join the owl artwork previously introduced.

The heritage plaque was unveiled today which will go a long way in giving The Wilds the status it deserves. The wording on the plaque tells the full story:

The Wilds was established in 1924 on a donation of land by the Houghton Estate Township Co. to the City. It was landscaped with indigenous flora first displayed at the 1935 Empire Exhibition. The City dedicated the park to the memory of Jan Smuts after his death in 1950. The elegant pedestrian bridge was built in 1965, and the impressive greenhouses were a gift from JCI in 1966. The Wilds was declared a National Monument in 1981.

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The plaque unveiling ceremony was led by Ward Councillor Kabelo Mpesi, the Chairperson of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, Mr Brett McDougall, Mr James Delaney from the Friends of The Wilds and JCPZ MD Bryne Maduka.

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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is delighted to announce that the organisation maintained a clean audit for a second year in a row!

The Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA) gave the Entity the nod, declaring all its affairs in good order for the 2017-18 Financial Year.

JCPZ Managing Director Bryne Maduka expressed his excitement about this major achievement, acknowledging that accomplishing a clean audit requires a huge team effort. “I am proud to be leading an organisation that is working on all levels. This could not have been achieved if our top management and each and every employee were not applying their minds in fulfilling their daily responsibilities all year long.”

Chief Financial Officer, Lindokuhle Ngcongo, explained that: “the clean audit for Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo’s is an indication of sound financial management, strengthened governance and oversight, compliance with regulatory frameworks and effective monitoring of integrated performance management processes. This could not be achieved without the collective effort of The Shareholder (City of Johannesburg), the Board of Directors, top management and most importantly staff of JCPZ.

The AGSA looks at three levels of performance when auditing a government organisation: “These levels include the financial statements, performance information, such as targets and key performance indicators, and compliance to legislation.”

To obtain a clean audit, all three levels have to be in order, which JCPZ has achieved in two consecutive years in a row - being the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years. Previously, JCPZ obtained unqualified audits opinions.

“In order to obtain a clean audit, all employees are required to take pride in their work on a daily basis. The smallest oversight can lead to an audit query which can influence the AG’s finding. I therefore commend and thank all JCPZ employees for their hard work and dedication which made it possible for the organisation to stand proud,” MD Maduka concluded.


Revitalising the Inner City:

Three new parks launched in Jan Hofmeyer

JCPZ is continuously striving to make Joburg a greener and more liveable City, and pays special attention to areas with special needs.
One of these “special needs” areas is the Inner City, where the population is denser and the majority of residents live in flats, creating a dire need for green open spaces.

Three Inner City Parks have recently been modernised by JCPZ to address the growing need for outdoor relaxation and offering new facilities in line with the changing needs of the communities they serve.

The tree parks are linked and all in Ward 58, Jan Hofmeyer, Region F. The parks are Leeuwbekkie Park, Cosmo Circle Park and Katjiepiering Park. The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba, Ward Councillor Alex Christians. JCPZ Board of Directors Chairperson, Mr Edgar Neluvhalani and MD Bryne Maduka were in attendance to officially hand over the parks to the community.

The upgraded parks feature play equipment, rubberised surfaces, bollards, an outdoor gym, park furniture, litter bins, fencing and safety signage.

We know that the Jan Hofmeyer community will love and appreciate their new favourite spots in their neighbourhood! ENJOY!


Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo and Eco Nars Projects (Pty) Ltd launched eco-friendly ablutions at Donald Mackay Park. The eco- friendly ablutions work off the City’s sewer and energy grid and support efforts to sustain the environment.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo has been experiencing a huge problem of vandalism of its ablutions through the city. This has been a huge concern in that the destruction results in wastage of funds and inhibits the City’s ability to make progress and move on to other communities that also have a greater need for recreational development.

This project assists to demonstrate just how much can be achieved when business and government join hands to work together towards making the lives of citizens better.

3 December 2018

Release: Immediate

The Joburg Zoo is ‘Staycation-ready’

If you and your family are staying put this festive season, no need to worry. Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) has you covered. With over 2 300 parks and approximately 10 000 hectares of green nature experiences, why not start planning for a quiet, buzz-free but jam-packed Joburg this festive season?

"Staycations" have become increasingly popular and offer the most cost-effective and time-saving alternative. The City of Joburg has abundant recreational facilities and is offering exciting activities throughout the festive season.

To encourage you and your family to enjoy a Joburg “staycation” this summer, we’ve put together a jam-packed holiday itinerary:

1. ANIMALS@PLAY: This year, the programme is themed “Christmas gifts for animals,” is an enrichment programme which aims to stimulate the animals' physical and psychological health. Animals are presented with a variety of fun activities where they search for their food in their respective enclosures, toys to play with or summer treats of frozen fruit lollies but to name a few. Date: 01 – 22 December 2018 Time: 10h00 and 13h00 at the Johannesburg Zoo.

2. MISTLETOE AND MAGIC: This upscale event kicks-off with a Christmas spirit welcome and animal demonstration. The event brings a one night of Christmas ambience with live entertainment, a Father Christmas, a kiddie’s zone, an open-air Christmas-themed movie screening, food stalls and carols by candlelight. Visitors are encouraged to bring along a picnic basket, candles, blankets and camping chairs. Date: 08 December 2018 from 17h00 to 21h00 at the Johannesburg Zoo. Entry fee is R90 for adults, R55 for children between 3-12 years as well as pensioners.

3. FAMILY DAY AT THE JOBURG ZOO: Enjoy a care-free day, a great picnic vibe and mini concert on the day. Bring along your family for a day of sunshine, live entertainment, DJ’s, kiddies entertainment area, face painting, free massages and loads of fun for everyone! Date: 16 December 2018 at 11h00 to 16h00. Entrance fee is R90 for adults and R55 for children between 3-12 years, as well as pensioners.

4. “CHRISTMAS COMES TO THE ZOO TROT”. As a festive gesture of giving, the Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will be hosting a fun-filled morning for over 150 children aged between 3 – 12 years from various orphanages around the City. The Zoo Trot is a 5km or 10km walk or run. Entertainment varies from face-painting, jumping castles and distribution of Christmas presents. Regular zoo trotters are encouraged to donate toys, used sports equipment etc., to the children from the orphanages. Date: 09 December 2018; registration will be from 07h00 for 07h30, with the walk starting thereafter at the Joburg Zoo. The entrance fee is R60 for all other residents.

5. ANIMAL TALKS AND FEEDING SESSIONS. These activities are on-going and take place over weekends and public holidays. The festive bout of this programme is here! Date: 03 December 2018 – 14 December 2018. All activities start sharply at 09h00 – 14h00. Entrance fee is R100.

6. VARIOUS ACTIVITIES AT THE JOBURG ZOO. Children will enjoy an array of activities which include chimp feeding, snake craft activities, feeding of monkeys, Joburg Water’s Tappie Show, tiger enrichment, the Science Show – Sci-Bono’s ‘make your own solar system hat’, baboon feeding, a treasure hunt, spectacle bear and coati feeding/enrichment, colour sticker games and finally a ferry tour of the Zoo. Dates: 10 – 14 December 2018 from 09h00 – 14h00. Entrance fee is R100. Please bring along your own lunch and note that parents are not allowed to participate in the programmes.

7. KLOOFENDAL CAMP-OUT PROGRAMME: Be a happy camper at one of Joburg’s favourite camp-out sites. The Kloofendal Nature Reserve is a perfect camping spot right in the City that residents are able to enjoy – with beautiful natural surroundings, the calm of a far-off bush experience and starry nights. Book a spot for your family and friends this holiday season. This year’s programme includes a history talk, an afternoon hike, bonfire and edutainment games and a ‘planet walk’. Dates: 8th – 9th December 2018. Entrance fee is R100 for adults and R55 for children 3-12 years.

“We encourage families who will be staying in Joburg for the festive season, to visit our facilities for various family activities. The Joburg Zoo has something for the whole family. There’s no need to be bored in our City this festive season. I would also like to urge residents to take care of public spaces, and to heed the City’s by-laws so that everyone can enjoy themselves,” stated Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg.

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

For Media Enquiries
Noeleen Mattera
Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712 6600 / 011 712 6617 
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The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (Euwallacea sp) is an invasive beetle that attacks dozens of common natives and landscape trees. The beetle tunnels its way into host trees and spreads a disease called Fusarium Dieback (FD) which infects over 110 species. FD is caused by Fusarium Euwallacea, a fungus that disrupts the transportation of water and nutrients in the tree, therefore causing the tree to die from the tip of its leaves or roots backwards.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Zoo Lake is your number one picnic spot!

A green haven strewn with beautiful lawns, trees deeply rooted for over 110 years and ample space for easy breathing, relaxation, and an outdoor experience, is what the Zoo Lake has to offer you, your family and friends.

Zoo lake has been rated the number 1 picnic spot in Joburg in The Star Reader’s Choice Awards 2018.

The park is located just off Jan Smuts Avenue in Parkview and right across the road from Johannesburg Zoo. Park users have an array of activities to entertain themselves from state of the art play equipment, an option of paddling your boat across the man-made lake or doing what South Africans do best, braaing.

Popular for the welcoming of the season of Spring, the annual Jazz on the Lake and Carols by Candlelight, is a sure attraction for Joburgers. The park is home away from home for many visitors over weekends and public holidays.

For sports enthusiasts, the well-maintained basketball courts, Zoo Lake sports club, a mini-soccer area and the much adored Zoo Lake swimming pool are ideal for those hot summer days. Children can enjoy a stroll along the lake while feeding the ducks or enjoy the day on the jungle gyms and play equipment.

“Zoo Lake has become a meeting place of South African diversity and as a City, we’re proud and ecstatic that the public has voted our facility as their number one outdoor picnic spot. We urge users to continue to take care of their parks and outdoor spaces,” stated Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, City of Joburg. “Park users are encouraged to use the designated braai areas for the disposal of hot ashes and avoid disposing ashes at the bases of trees as this destroy the trees”, urged Councillor Sifumba.

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

For Media Enquiries
Noeleen Mattera
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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

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Reconsidering the way we bury our loved ones

Johannesburg – Over the course of the last decade, technological development has revolutionised every sector and industry, and emanated in many shifts in sociocultural evolution. For instance, people are able to work from anywhere, anytime, using almost any device in platform because of technology trends such as cloud computing and mobility, as well as cultural shifts like the mobile workforce and bring your own device.   

However, one area that has seemingly escaped the reforming waves of cultural evolution is the act of burying your loved ones. The majority of people still opt for private graves for burial, which is unsustainable within cities such as Johannesburg, where the greatest amount of burials in Gauteng are done as a result of various factors including the high number of migrations into the City of Gold.

All major cities within South Africa have to find new ways of burying its immortal remains, in order to be in a position to continue fulfilling their obligation of providing sufficient burial space.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) are the custodian of Cemeteries and Crematoria in the City of Johannesburg. Consequently, JCPZ has the responsibility of ensuring that it can provide burial space for the immortal remains of Johannesburg’s residents.  Only 4 of the 38 cemeteries that it manages is available for new burials, with burial space for the next 50-60 years.


Till death do us part...

According to Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in The City of Johannesburg, there are various alternative burial options available to people, especially for families with existing burial locations. These include reduction burials, which involves using a smaller coffin for remains, in order for more room to be created for additional burial space, in the same location.

Another option which the City is seeing greater interest in, is ideal for couples and families, is second burials in the same grave. According to City bylaws, people may opt to bury additional family members in the same grave. In fact, up to three family members may use the same grave, allowing family members to be laid to rest in one burial location. This ensures that they are together, even in death, making it easier for those left behind to visit them all. “This option is much more affordable, is environmental friendly, affords the family to pay their respects to loved ones at the same gravesite and in the long term, absolves future generations from bearing the burden of escalating maintenance costs for the dormant cemeteries,” stated Sifumba.

Ultimately, the adoption of the second burial method isn’t against the many African cultures and the practice thereof, is already being adopted more and more by South Africans. In fact, numerous residents in Tshwane and Johannesburg are adopting the second burial method which has seen an increase in the recent years, due to cemeteries such as Avalon and cemeteries in Alexandra reaching full capacity for primary burials.

For instance, 2379 burials were considered in the 2014/15 financial year, and this number has now grown to more than 4 000 during the 2017/18 financial year. It is estimated that an average of 20% of all burials in Johannesburg are relative to reopenings.

People may also opt for mausoleum burials, which is above ground burials in a tomb or chamber that allows for families to be buried together within the structure. Moreover, there is the option of cremation, which some cultures have adopted as a preferred option and in a dignified manner the ash may be scattered or placed in memorial wall to commemorate the deceased.

Ultimately, there are many options available to people to provide a dignified resting place for their loved ones, while maximising space allotted to burials.

Sifumba reinforced, “that there is currently adequate burial space in the City of Joburg, however we need to start considering alternatives now, to cater for the future when there will be not enough cemeteries for the anticipated growth in urban centres in the world.

Religious leaders and funeral directors are urged to speak to the bereaved family about alternatives to enable the City of Joburg to provide dignified burial options for loved ones.

Residents wanting to know more about alternatives may visit or call 011 712-6600.



Issued by

Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development

City of Joburg




Jenny Moodley

Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

Tel: 011 712-6600 or 082 8030 748/082 906 1515



Thursday, 11 October 2018

For Immediate Release


With the recent Job Summit held at the beginning of October at the Gallagher Convention Centre, emphasis was drawn on the job crisis which has crippled our youth and economy.  According to Statistics South Africa, unemployment is at a staggering 27.2 percent in the second quarter, and is steadily rising while graduates year in and out, grapple with finding jobs.

The Job Summit, themed “United we can create jobs”, aimed to umbrella influential stakeholders, including Corporate South Africa, government departments and labour in a bid to create collaborative measures in alleviating the unemployment crisis in the country.  The summit sought to encourage organisations to assist the youth by providing them with skills, exposure to the job environment, while gaining valued experience and ultimately sustainable employment.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), through a programme championed by the City of Johannesburg and in agreement with ‘EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative’, has acquired a total of 10 graduates into its organisation.

The interns who hail from various tertiary institutions have been strategically assigned to JCPZ departments where each will be exposed to day to day activities in the work place, be afforded opportunities to gain hands-on experience from their respective mentors, carefully guided developmental assignments ranging from report writing, administrative work, customer care and conceptualization of tasks from inception to completion.

JCPZ’s Business Enterprise Development (BED) and Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) department’s mandate is to create short term jobs for the unemployed youth within local communities.  The implementation of labour-intensive methods enables SMME’s and cooperatives the opportunity to grow and development technically, gain business and financial acumen and managerial skills. The company’s enterprise development unit appointed 19 start-up business for 36 months in May 2017. The BED department has created 2219 short-term job opportunities in the Financial Year 2018-19.

In September 2011, City Parks and Zoo scooped the Green Collar Training Award and AgriSETA National Excellence Award in recognition of our efforts in skills development and job creation, especially among the youth.

But efforts go further than only employing people in short-term, labour-intensive projects. Through its apprenticeship programme, City Parks and Zoo has over time, built a base of local entrepreneurs, who eventually become contractors to the company.

“As City Parks and Zoo, we have heeded the call to play our role in preparing the youth to be work ready and in the interim, capacitating them with the necessary skills and confidence in search of employment,” stated Bryne Maduka, Managing Director for JCPZ.

Interested graduates may visit www.talentplacement which will take them directly to the ProservSA portal to create and upload their CV’s or alternatively follow ProservSA on Facebook with updates of available programmes.

Issued on behalf of

MMC Nonhlanhla Sifumba

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development

City of Johannesburg

For Media Enquiries

Noeleen Mattera

Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

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Hi-Tec South Africa has donated new gym equipment at Mofolo Park in Soweto which was unveiled on 18 October at Mofolo Park in Soweto, Johannesburg. The community of Mofolo and Councillor, Johannes Mofokeng attended the event and were happy about the new improvement to their park.


Councillor Johannes Mofokeng urged the community to not vandalise the gym equipment and for the young and old to keep healthy and use the equipment.


On the 12th of September, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo unveiled the newly upgraded Mshenguville Wetland Park and we were joined by school learners and the community of Mofolo.

The new park features playground equipment, 5-a-side soccer pitch, multipurpose sports facilities and an outdoor gym and Cllr, Johannes Mofokeng urged the community to take care of the park and keep it clean.

The celebrations included a ceremonial tree planting by MD, Bryne Maduka and entertainment provided by Ghetto Revolution dancers.

JCPZ continues to make the city liveable by providing open spaces.

19 September 2018

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Heritage Day appeal to residents to obey park safety bylaws

On the eve of the long weekend to mark national Heritage Day celebrations, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is calling on residents to play by the rules when visiting the city’s parks.

MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, appealed to residents to refrain from, setting fires in non-designated spaces in parks; disposing of charcoal on the lawn or against tree; consuming alcohol; playing loud music and or littering parks.

"Heritage Day weekend sees hundreds of people converge in parks to host braais with friends and relatives, and while it is wonderful to see so many people enjoying the city’s public open spaces, it is also worrying of the high number of complaints regarding illegal fires and underage drinking in parks," noted Sifumba.

The oldest park in the city is Joubert Park with Zoo Lake turning 111 years, and we have a moral obligation to ensure that these facilities, including facilities such as Thokoza Park, Florida Lake, Rhodes Park, InnesFree and other legacy-rich facilities are properly utilised to protect and preserve the city’s heritage.

"Residents are urged to obey all park safety bylaws and to report transgressions to the Joburg Emergency Call Centre on 011 375-5911,” she advised.

The Joburg Metropolitan Police Department, will be patrolling parks together with the Park Rangers, and will confiscate alcohol illegally being consumed in the city’s parks.

“Park Safety bylaws are in place for your protection as well as to ensure that all visitors enjoy a pleasant and memorable experience on Heritage Day,” she stated.

Issued on behalf of
Nonhlanhla Sifumba
MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg

Media Enquiries
Jenny Moodley
Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712-6615/082 8030 748


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.