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All queries should be channelled through the call centre, Joburg Connect, which can be contacted 24 hours, seven days a week, on 0860 56 28 74 or 011 375 5555 For each query, you will get a reference number. Make sure you keep this number so that you can follow up your query. Email: joburgconnect@joburg.org.za

 

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A City of Johannesburg Media Statement

Friday, 3 July 2020

Release: Immediate

 

Surge in the illegal removal of street trees during lockdown

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo(JCPZ), the custodians responsible for greening, conservation and preservation of public open spaces in Joburg is appealing to residents to refrain from the illegal removal of trees.

City Parks and Zoo has been inundated with requests to remove trees during the seasonal phenomenon of falling leaves during this time of year. However, it is with grave concern to the city as we witness an upward surge of the unwarranted removal of trees by residents. Due to weather conditions, leaves fall into properties, gutters and swimming pools; residents are encouraged to cover their pools as opposed to removing trees.

Street trees are the property of the City of Johannesburg and are protected by the strict Open Space Bylaws which prohibits the removal or disturbance of trees or planting of any vegetation without approval, of which permission must be obtained from JCPZ. These bylaws state that ‘no person may damage any tree on any public road within the municipal area of the Council without the prior written permission from the Council, only JCPZ is authorised to remove, maintain and prune street trees.

Joburg is one of the most densely populated cities, with an influx of job seekers, a spike in student accommodation, high rise residential areas and infrastructural development. The abundance of indigenous trees plays a vital role in combating and reducing the effects of climate change as they not only absorb air pollutants, provide clean oxygen but also promotes a sense of tranquility and beauty in residential areas and metropolitans.

Leaves retain the earth’s moisture through mulching and can be used to make compost in gardens. The removal of healthy trees has an adverse effect on our birdlife, plants, biodiversity as well as the city’s economy. Green lungs play a critical role in improving the wellbeing and health of people living in cities. 

We urge residents and communities to refrain from illegally removing and felling trees. Failing to comply will result in legal action and fines being imposed. 

Illegal tree removals and requests to prune or fell trees, should be reported to trees@jhbcityparks.com or contact Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo on 011 712 6600 or Joburg Connect on 011 375 5555.

ENDS

 

Issued on behalf of Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Johannesburg

Media enquiries can be directed to: Noeleen Mattera: Stakeholder & Media Relations, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo T: 011 712-6722 / 07999 46345; E: nmattera@jhbcityparks.com ; W: www.jhbcityparks.comFollow us on Twitter @JoburgParksZoo or on Facebook.

Media Advisory

City of Johannesburg Press Statement by Cllr Margaret Arnolds

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development

 

Monday, 22 June 2020

Release: Immediate

 

Joburg Zoo family keeps growing

 

The Johannesburg Zoo is excited to announce a few new additions the family.  During the national lockdown, the care and well-being of all animals at the Joburg Zoo has been of paramount importance.

The staff at the zoo work tirelessly and under strict Covid regulations and are committed to the conservation of approximately 2000 animals, providing them with world class care and peace of mind.

Since April 2020, we were pleasantly surprised with a few newbies.  A wild dog pup debuted in early April bringing much fuss in the enclosure.  The wild dogs were moved to the Joburg Zoo in January 2014 from the Hoedspruit Endangered Wildlife Centre in Hoedspruit.  Our latest member is loving its new environment while being bombarded with attention from the adult dogs.  Wild dogs are an endangered species and hunted in the wild, with the new pup in town, the Zoo prides itself in increasing their numbers.

Other new members include 2 Springboks, a chimpanzee, an adorable little Llama, 2 Nyala, a Wattled Crane chick and 2 Auodad.  The endangered 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.  Since 2019, City Parks and Zoo has hand-reared approximately 15 chicks through its breeding programmes in a bid to increase and preserve these rare species.

 

ENDS

 

Issued on behalf of Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg

Media Enquiries Media enquiries

Noeleen Mattera: Stakeholder & Media Relations, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo T: 011 712-6722; E: nmattera@jhbcityparks.com ; W: www.jhbcityparks.com

Follow us on Twitter @JoburgParksZoo or on Facebook

Media Statement

 

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Makokou, the Joburg Zoo’s Silverback making a speedy recovery, after surgery

 

Makokou, the 35-year old, male, Western Lowland Gorilla who successfully underwent surgery at the Joburg Zoo on Saturday, 20 June 2020 is recuperating after a three-hour marathon operation that involved months of planning. CT scans, multiple blood tests, radiography, ultrasound, ophthalmic and dental examinations were conducted as part of the build-up to the surgery to remove polyps in his congested nasal passages.

Dr Kresen Pillay, one of the Joburg Zoo’s three veterinarians, confirmed that this was only the second documented operation of its kind in the world and that Makokou was doing great. “On Sunday he was a little sore, and pain relief medication was administered. He started eating and drinking and was more active by the afternoon. This morning he is bright, alert and active and we are extremely satisfied with his progress.”

The surgery was led by Dr Kobus Venter an ENT surgeon for human ear, nose and throat ailments with the assistance of Dr Gerhard Steenkamp and Dr Jose Carlo Almansa Ruiz. Drs. Steenkamp and Ruiz are vet specialists in dentistry and maxillofacial surgery, affiliated to the veterinary faculty of the University of Pretoria (UP). They were assisted by anesthesiologists from the same faculty.

The procedure for removing polyps is similar to that of humans, said Dr Pillay. “We are not certain of the underlying cause of the growth-tissue.” Numerous samples were collected and further tests will be conducted.

On Saturday the Zoo theatre was buzzing with the team, consisting of surgeons; anesthesiologists; technical support; vet nurses and a safety officer as well as the team from the Joburg Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital. A huge media contingent was in attendance as Makokou was being wheeled into theatre. He was swiftly attached to monitors and multiple medical apparatus as the medics maneuvered around the 210Kg gorilla in the centre of the room.

“He went under smoothly,” said Dr Pillay. “His blood pressure went up, but we brought it down again with medication, and he remained stable during the surgery.”

The team drew on the expertise from a similar case in Seattle in the United States, where in 2014 a gorilla underwent the same procedure. Because gorillas are so closely related to humans, the procedure for removing the polyps is similar.

Two monitors above Makokou’s head – one the CT scan of his head, the other an endoscopic nasal and sinus probe into his nasal passages – guided the surgery. “It was important that we had scans of other gorillas too,” added Dr Pillay.

The surgery came about after Makokou was found to be suffering from a chronic nasal discharge towards the latter part of 2019. He was airlifted to the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH) in May 2020 and then again on 6 June where he had a CT scan. The scanning apparatus at OVAH is large enough to handle a massive animal, the size of Makokou. A biopsy was performed, and it revealed that he had chronic rhinitis with inflammatory polyps developing in his nasal passages which is an uncommon occurrence in gorillas. There was some concern at first that he could have nasal cancer which has since been ruled out as the growths were found to be benign.

Makokou joined the Zoo, after Max, the famous crime-busting gorilla, died in 2004 of natural causes. In 1997 Max had made international headlines after he had rushed to defend his partner, Lisa, when a burglar jumped into the gorilla enclosure. Max was shot in the jaw and arm, and was taken to the Milpark Hospital, where the bullet only in his jaw was removed.  

Makokou who is part of the international, Zoological Information Management Stud Book (ZIMS), was born at the Stuttgart Zoo in 1985. To manage genetic diversity of gorilla populations, he arrived at the Joburg Zoo at age 19, in 2004. 

The Mayoral Committee Member for Community Development, Margaret Arnolds was on hand during the surgery, and expressed concern for his health and recovery. She said: “This ground-breaking surgery is a learning and teaching experience for the veterinarian fraternity across South Africa. I want to commend the medics and veterinarians from the various institutions and Makokou’s curator and keepers who anxiously waited on the sidelines throughout the procedure. ”

World renowned narrator and award-winning producer of BBC Natural History, Sir David Attenborough, affirmed the importance of gorillas as an indicator species for human survival when he stated that, “There is more meaning and mutual understanding in exchanging a glance with a gorilla than any other animal I know. Their sight, their hearing, their sense of smell are so similar to ours that they see the world in much the same way we do.”

Makokou will continue to be closely monitored and if his recovery continues as planned, residents in Joburg and his fans across the globe can expect a virtual birthday party for the 35-year young primate, on 9 July 2020.

ENDS.

  

Issued on behalf of

Councillor Margaret Arnolds

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development

City of Joburg

  

For media enquiries:

Jenny Moodley

GM: Stakeholder and Media Relations

Tel: 082 8030 748

Email: jmoodley@jhbcityparks.com

Website: www.jhbcityparks.com

 

 

 

 Media Statement

Monday, 8 June 2020

No embargo

City parks, nature reserves and the Joburg Zoo remain closed in Level 3

Joburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) appeals to residents to comply with the emergency mitigation measures adopted in Level 3 against Covid-19 which came into effect on 1 June 2020.

The Joburg Zoo, nature reserves, all public parks and corridors along water bodies in the city remain temporarily closed. This includes facilities that are unfenced or that do not have signposts alerting residents to the closure. All JCPZs facilities may not be accessed for gatherings or for individual exercising or for the installation of tombstones in cemeteries. Residents are however allowed to jog or walk in their respective neighbourhoods between 6am and 6pm. These protocols are in place to protect the wellbeing of residents and safeguard families.

Emergency and critical services including general operations at the Joburg Zoo; funerals in cemeteries and the crematoriums; and the removal of uprooted trees and fallen branches, have continued uninterrupted. A core team, that are compliant with safety protocols have also been focusing on horticultural services to ensure that flagship parks, key developed parks and main arterial entrances are cut and cleaned. Zoo staff remain committed to the welfare of animals in their care and a 24-hour team is on standby as well, to swiftly remove fallen trees obstructing main arterials.

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg (CoJ), Councillor Margaret Arnolds appealed to avid-park users to comply with the temporary lockdown measures in Level 3 as Joburg remains a hotspot due to the surge in the number of Covid-19 infections. 

Arnolds stated that, “The concern for the city is the increased trajectory of infections in developed suburbs and the potential of a resurgence in both formal and informal areas. Unfortunately some residents are refusing to comply with safety protocols and are compromising the health of others by gathering in public spaces or visiting parks and nature reserves. The implications of an increase in the number of infections will place undue pressure on the city’s health services and its cemeteries and crematoria,” she added.

Arnolds appealed to residents to comply by staying at home where possible; keeping spaces clean; adopting safe distancing; wearing a mask and washing our hands regularly. 

Residents requiring a City Parks or Zoo service may contact the entity on JCPZs digital platforms on jhbcityparks.com or on Twitter on @JoburgParksZoo or on Facebook on JoburgParks or JoburgZoo.

ENDS

 

Issued by the Member of Community Development in the City of Joburg

Councillor Margaret Arnolds

 

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Jenny Moodley

Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

Tel: 082 8030 748 or on 082 906 1515

Email: jmoodley@jhbcityparks.com

Website: www.jhbcityparks.com

Twitter: JoburgParksZoo/ Facebook: JoburgParks

 Media Statement

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Hope in a time of despair…

Makokou, the 35year-old male gorilla from the Joburg Zoo, is set to fly to Onderstepoort in Pretoria for a pre-op CT scan, on Saturday, 6 June at 8am

In May 2020 a decision was taken to immobilise the Joburg Zoo’s male Western Lowland Gorilla Makokou, who is 35 years-old, for a complete health examination. He has previously been suffering from a chronic nasal discharge which had not been responding positively to routine medical treatments. 

A team of specialists were consulted to assist with further expertise and specialised equipment, to help in diagnosing the ailment. They included: 

  • Prof Adrian Tordiffe (Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital- OVAH)
  • Prof Gerhard Steenkamp (VETDENT SA)
  • Prof Johannes Schoeman (Onderstepoort- OVAH)
  • Dr Justin Grace (Onderstepoort- OVAH)
  • Dr Jose' Carlos Almansa Ruiz (VETDENT SA)
  • Dr Keri-lee Dobbie (Johannesburg Animal Eye Hospital)
  • Dr Kirsten Dinham (IMV Imaging SA)
  • Mr Tim Perks (IMV Imaging SA)

This team together with the Veterinary Services and Animal Collection team at Joburg Zoo conducted the health examination on Makokou, after considerable planning. The initial examination consisted of a detailed physical exam, extensive blood work, radiography, electrocardiogram, cardiac ultrasound, ophthalmic exam, dental exam, rhinoscopy, blood pressure analysis and various other sample collections. 

During this procedure it was discovered that Makokou had a nasal growth which had been causing his symptoms. A biopsy of this was taken and sent for histopathology. The results revealed that he has chronic Rhinitis with inflammatory polyps developing in his nasal passages.

This brings us to our plan for Saturday. The only way to accurately see the extent of these lesions affecting Makokou is to perform a diagnostic CT (Computed-tomography) scan. Unfortunately due to his size (around 210kg) the only machine available to us that is large enough to provide a proper scan him and take his weight, is located at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH) 

Prof Gerhard Steenkamp has kindly arranged for this procedure to be done at the OVAH, he has also arranged for a non-vet ENT surgeon who will be there to assess the scans and further evaluate Makokou’s ailment. Great apes are our closest living relatives and a qualified surgeon is required to remove his nasal polyps. This surgery will likely be done at a later date once the CT scan has been completed and fully assessed. Prof Steenkamp has also generously secured the services of pilot who was prepared to fly Makokou via a helicopter to OVAH for the scan. Mr Mike Barnes CEO from MCC Aviation will pilot the helicopter and together with Mr Mike Goodwin his GM, they have been kind enough to undertake this procedure pro-bono.  

At 8am on 6 June 2020 we will be immobilizing Makokou for transportation to OVAH for a diagnostic CT scan. 

Our veterinary team will meet at the zoo at 7:00 to prepare for the procedure. Makokou will receive an oral sedative at 8am and be closed in his night-room. The helicopter will land at 9:00 in the designated area, to transport Makokou. Dr Justine Grace and Dr Kresen Pillay from the Joburg Zoo will accompany Makokou on the helicopter. At OVAH he will have the CT scan performed and once this is complete he will be returned to Joburg Zoo via the helicopter.

Indepth preparations have gone on behind the scenes to ensure that all team members strictly abide by the extensive protocol measures in place. The wellbeing and care of Makokou who will celebrate his 35th birthday on 9 July, remains of paramount importance for all staff at the Joburg Zoo.

Issued on behalf of

Mr Lombard Shirindzi

Executive Manager of the Joburg Zoo

 

 

A City of Johannesburg Media Advisory

 

Thursday, 5 June 2020

 

Release:  Immediate

  

The time for nature is now, let us save our biodiversity.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) the entity responsible for designated open spaces, public parks, street trees, nature reserves and the Johannesburg Zoo, is calling on all citizens of Joburg to do their part as the world marks World Environment Day (WED) on Friday, 5 June 2020.

The MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Cllr Margaret Arnolds together with Cllr Mpho Moerane, MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services in the City of Joburg, will lead a symbolic tree planting ceremony in Riverlea on Jukskei Drive and Gamka Street in Region B, from 11h00 – 12h00.  Approximately 20 trees will be planted during the month of June with continued clean-ups, litter picking and the removal of unsightly illegal dumping in the city and clearing of litter in the nature reserves in Cosmo City.

 

This year’s theme” Biodiversity, time for nature“, is a desperate call on nations to act now to save our already dwindling biodiversity.  WED aims to inspire more people than ever before to take action in preventing the growing strain on the environment and its ecosystems.  All species play a critical role in keeping a natural balance and for all to live in harmony with one another.

World Environment Day gives us all an opportunity to create awareness and commit ourselves to consciously care for the environment in our daily lives.

The City of Joburg adheres to the strict Covid 19 regulations, health and safety measures of its employees and communities, while providing the residents of Joburg with timeous service delivery.

 

ENDS

 

Issued on behalf of

Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for

Community Development

City of Johannesburg

 

 

Media Enquiries

 

Noeleen Mattera

Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

T:  011 712 6617 /  011 712 6600

E: nmattera@jhbcityparks.com

Follow us on Twitter @JoburgParksZoo or on Facebook

 

Media Statement

 

Thursday, 16 April 2020

No embargo

 

Joburg has adequate burial space to meet any unprecedented demand in the event of widespread fatalities due to Covid-19

The global call to activate disaster management protocols to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus - Covid 19, has warranted Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo to activate its crisis management business continuity plans.

This includes closing all parks, ensuring that gatherings at cemeteries are limited to a maximum of 50 people consisting of immediate family and close friends, making certain that essential services at the Zoo continue unabated and that emergency teams to deal with uprooted trees and fallen branches obstructing motorways, are swiftly resolved. This is underpinned by a core team that is mandated to ensure that all essential staff on duty, are following proper sanitising protocols and that they are accordingly fitted with the necessary personal protection equipment.

“The unprecedented move is aimed at protecting the wellbeing of visitors, employees and the animals in our care,” stated the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Councillor Margaret Arnolds.

Arnolds added that the City of Joburg’s cemeteries and crematoria is also prepared for the possibility of an increase in the demand for mass burials relative to the Covid-19 pandemic. “There must be dignity in death and support for the bereaved,” she reinforced.

The City of Joburg (CoJ) currently has 37 cemeteries. While 33 of the cemeteries have reaching full capacity for primary burials, 4 other cemeteries have an existing capacity to accommodate 1 034 000 new graves. This includes 517 hectares of space in total for new burials, at the Olifantsvlei Cemetery in the far south of Joburg, Westpark Cemetery in Emmarentia, Diepsloot Memorial Park and the Waterval Cemetery in Midrand.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, the entity that is responsible for cemeteries and crematoria in the CoJ will be guided by protocols adopted by COGTA in relation to Covid-19 regulations for gatherings and the disposing of remains afflicted by the pandemic.

In this regard JCPZ has two crematoria and one private crematorium with 9 cremators in operation. 41 cremations can therefore be accommodated on a daily basis. In eventuality of new requests.

City Parks has requested that all Funeral Homes ensure that that details of all mourners that are present at a burial are recorded. This is to ensure that there is a tracking and tracing process in the unlikely event of an infected person being present at a gathering. JMPD is also stringently ensuring that there are high levels of compliance with the number of persons, not exceeding 50, at a burial. Night vigils prior to a burial are discouraged. 

The Muslim oversight body has tabled a plan that has been adopted in the event of a Muslim burial, that is Covid-19 related. Only 20 people may be present, with 3 people that are lowering the body in mandatory full PPE. All funeral directors are requested to adhere to all protocols when interring the remains of a person infected with Covid-19. Unclaimed persons will be buried as paupers by the respective government mortuaries at the Olifantsvlei Cemetery in the presence of a priest. 

MMC Arnolds further encouraged families to seriously consider alternate options to burial. The option to bury a loved one not affected by Covid-19, in the same grave as a close family member is encouraged to save space and to ensure that future generations do not carry the burden of managing dormant cemeteries that are fast  reaching full capacity.

The sad reality is that for many families that have lost a loved one due to Covid-19, only the direct family will be allowed at the cemetery or crematorium.

MMC Arnolds therefore implored on all residents to stay at home and to avoid any gatherings for the next few weeks, which will be crucial in containing any resurgence of the virus, until the relevant authorities are able to put in place long term mitigation measures.

Funeral Directors and families are urged to contact Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo on 082 803 0655 or 082 8030 748 for further details regarding cemeteries and crematoria during the lockdown.

 

ENDS

 

Issued by the Member of Community Development in the City of Joburg

Councillor Margaret Arnolds

 

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Jenny Moodley

Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

Tel: 082 8030 748 or on 082 906 1515

Email: jmoodley@jhbcityparks.com

Website: www.jhbcityparks.com

Twitter: JoburgParksZoo/ Facebook: JoburgParks

Media Statement

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

No embargo

Precautionary measures adopted by Joburg Parks and Zoo to contain Covid 19

The global call for hygiene, isolation and limiting social contact to deal with the impact of Coronavirus (Covid 19), has warranted Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo to comply with national regulations, to temporarily close all parks, nature reserves and the popular, Joburg Zoo. 

“The unprecedented move is aimed at protecting the wellbeing of visitors, employees and the animals in our care,” stated the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Councillor Margaret Arnolds.

The stringent measures have taken effect since Thursday, 19 March and the call is for residents to comply even in facilities where notices are yet to be erected. All customer requests are to be directed to Joburg Connect on 011 375-5555 or to trees@jhbcityparks.com.

In this regard all events at the Zoo, in parks and nature reserves have been cancelled. Amenities within these facilities such as restaurants and shops have been closed, as well.

MMC Arnolds advised residents that Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will also curtail all non-critical services with effect from 26 March as part of the nationwide 21-day lockdown, to tackle the spread of Covid 19.”

Zoo operations considered critical

The Joburg Zoo requires a 24/7 presence. The Head of the Zoo remains based within the facility. Dedicated safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) officers continue to monitor high risk, activities. All operational employees have been retained as part of the critical service offering of the Zoo. Employees have been adhering to stringent sanitising requirements, particularly around personal protection; preparation of meals for animals and in the veterinary hospital. Security officers have been posted at all entrance points and within the facility. The officers are also sensitising disappointed visitors that the Zoo is closed for their safety and that the animals in our care will continue to receive the highest of care by their committed caregivers who form part of the critical staff complement, of the Zoo. 

Parks and Nature Reserves remain closed

Regular visitors have voiced their understandable concern regarding the closure of parks and nature reserves. This came about in the light that the spread of the virus is accelerated in public gatherings. “The global call for residents to stay at home and to refrain from entering public open spaces must be taken seriously”, urged Arnolds.  Notices advising park users that facilities are closed, are being placed in parks and nature reserves and where possible play and outdoor fitness equipment will be cordoned off with danger tape. Residents who are illegally accessing facilities that are not fenced, are reminded that they are transgressing regulations promulgated as part of the Disaster Management Action and that they could be fined.

Arnolds further appealed to residents to refrain from flouting the strict measures of the 21-day lockdown and posting messages of illegal visits to public open spaces. “Trangressions will not be tolerated. You will be held accountable as it is compounding the confusion that parks are open to the public,” reinforced Arnolds.  

MMC Arnolds, further underlined that these extraordinary measures, in these fast changing and difficult days, requires mass cooperation by all residents, visitors and employees alike, to ensure that the loss of life is contained.

Residents requiring more information on Covid 19 are urged to call the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) on 0800 029 999 or to talk to the medical staff on 0800 111 131.

 

ENDS

 

Issued by the Member of Community Development in the City of Joburg

Councillor Margaret Arnolds

 

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Jenny Moodley

Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

Tel: 082 8030 748 or on 082 906 1515

Email: jmoodley@jhbcityparks.com

Website: www.jhbcityparks.com

Twitter: JoburgParksZoo

Facebook: JoburgParks

Media Advisory

Wednesday, 04 March 2020

Release: Immediate

Joburg Zoo’s 116th birthday gift to you

Come celebrate our 116th birthday at the Johannesburg Zoo.  This Sunday, 8 March 2020, we’re offering you a crazy discounted entry fee of only R30 for the ever popular Zoo Trot.  Registration is at 07h00 sharp with the 5km or 10km walk or run at 07h30.  No zoo vouchers will be accepted.  Parking is available at the parkade at R15 per vehicle.

The first 500 trotters will receive a birthday cupcake so best you get there early. 

The Zoo Trot is ideal for those who seek ample space, a dose of clean, crisp air, tranquility and camaraderie.  Bring along your picnic blankie and basket and relax after the race.

 

 Zoo trot Social Birthday Social Post min

 

Look out for more birthday specials for the month of March, visit our social media platforms:

FB : The Johannesburg Zoo / Joburg Parks

Twitter: @joburgparkszoo

Instagram: @joburgparkszoo

 

Issued on behalf of

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

 

Media enquiries can be directed to:

Noeleen Mattera: Stakeholder & Media Relations, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

T: 011 712-6722 / 07999 46345

E: nmattera@jhbcityparks.com 

W: www.jhbcityparks.com     

City of Joburg: Media Advisory

Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Johannesburg

Monday, 24 February 2020

Release: Immediate

City Parks and Zoo to roll out its peak season, mega-blitz operation in Vrededorp

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo is set to cut and clean streets and parks in Vrededorp on Wednesday, 26 February 2020 and is inviting volunteers to come out with their gloves and rakes to help reclaim the integrity of this historical area.

The blitz operation comes on the heels of transforming three neglected spaces into award-winning parks in Vrededorp, which won six prestigious awards for innovative design and quality workmanship at the South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) in 2019.

The popular Katjiepeiring, Leeuwbekkie and Cosmo Circle parks boast multifunctional playground equipment, landscaped lawns, rubberized surfaces and creatively themed park furniture.

In an effort to continue its greening mandate, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Councillor Margaret Arnolds will once again lead the 5th JCPZ clean-up operation, after 4 successful blitzes at the Joburg Zoo, Alexandra, Eldorado Park, and in Midrand, since early January.

In partnership with sister entities, JCPZ will be joined by the Joburg Roads Agency, Pikitup and Social Development in tackling long grass on sidewalks, dense shrubs, tree pruning, litter picking, repairing potholes, repainting road markings, skoffeling and removing unsightly illegal dumping in the area. As part of its integrated operational plan JCPZ has included an environmental education programme targeting residents and learners, and a visible bylaw enforcement plan led by the Park Rangers together with JMPD.

Eight teams of over 150 workers will be placed at various spots throughout the area to address service delivery shortfalls.

Residents are urged to take ownership and to clean and beauty the verges in front of their homes. They may also join the brush-cutting teams by raking and bagging the cut grass during the operation. Support teams will be on hand as well.

“Residents deserve higher standards of service delivery, however we all need to take collective responsibility for public spaces,” said Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Johannesburg.

Councillor Arnolds thanked residents who continue to take pride and ownership of their parks and their front lawns. This is despite the pockets of areas where vandalism and illegal dumping is rife.

To join any of the blitz operations in your area, send an email with your company or individual details to trees@jhbcityparks.com.

 

ENDS

 

Issued on behalf of

Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, City of Johannesburg.

 

Media enquiries can be directed to:

Noeleen Mattera: Stakeholder & Media Relations, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

T: 011 712-6722 / 07999 46345

E: nmattera@jhbcityparks.com 

W: www.jhbcityparks.com     

City of Joburg: Media Advisory

Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Johannesburg

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Release: Immediate

City Parks and Zoo hits the ground running with its accelerated tree planting programme to grow Joburg’s Urban Forest

 

On the heels of the third successful mega blitz clean-up in Eldorado Park last week, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is hitting the ground running in preparation for another accelerated campaign, to plant 1000 indigenous trees in the newly developed residential areas of Country View and in Noordwyk in Midrand.

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Councillor Margaret Arnolds will start the day bright and early on Saturday, 15 February 2020 together with 185 JCPZ staff and about 80 community members for the countdown to the mega-tree planting initiative.

Working teams will be briefed at 08h30 before being deployed to the seven designated quadrants to plant trees along Lever Road.

Growing the city’s ageing tree canopy to address trees that are being lost due to urbanization; inclement weather; attacks by the Polyphagus Shothole Borer (PSHB) and due to natural attrition is critical for cities to build a healthy environment. 

“Many of Joburg’s ageing trees are reaching their full life expectancy and have become more vulnerable to opportunistic diseases. This amplifies the critical need to plant trees, today for a healthy future,” stated the MMC for Community Development, Councillor Margaret Arnolds. 

Residents are urged where possible to plant trees as well, take care and protect existing trees and to only remove dead trees. Enquiries with regard to tree planting and the maintenance of trees can be directed to trees@jhbcityparks.com

 

ENDS

 

Issued on behalf of

Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, City of Johannesburg.

 

Media enquiries can be directed to:

Noeleen Mattera: Stakeholder & Media Relations, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

T: 011 712-6722 / 07999 46345

E: nmattera@jhbcityparks.com 

W: www.jhbcityparks.com     

In heeding the Executive Mayor’s campaign to accelerate service delivery in Joburg, the mega blitz operations seek address seasonal backlogs caused by the erratic weather patterns and the knock-on effect weather has on delivering timely services to our residents. City Parks and Zoo will continue its horticultural maintenance schedules operations across the city, to reclaim spaces prone to neglect

The mega blitz will be happening across the regions on the following dates:

  

Programme

Date

Region

Planned Activities

Alexandra

23 Jan

Region E

Grass cutting & Tree Maintenance

Eldorado Park

6 Feb

Region G

Grass cutting & Tree Maintenance

Country View Noordwyk

15 Feb

Region A

Tree planting & Re-greening project

Vredendorp

26 Feb

Region F

Grass cutting & Tree Maintenance

Fairlands

5 Mar

Region B

Grass cutting & Tree Maintenance

Chiawelo Koppie

26 Mar

Region D

Grass cutting & Tree Maintenance

Brixton Cemetery

5 Apr

Region F

Grass cutting & Tree Maintenance

Tsepisong

26 Apr

Region C

Grass cutting & Tree Maintenance

City of Johannesburg Press Statement by Cllr Margaret Arnolds
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg

Media Statement

Thursday, 6 February 2020

For Immediate Release

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MMC Margaret Arnolds grass cutting in Silver Str Eldos

 

City Parks and Zoo partners with sister-entities to tackle service backlogs in Eldorado Park

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Councillor Margaret Arnolds led a team of approximately 150 City Parks and Zoo staff, 68 workers from the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) and a number of staff from the various municipal entities in Eldorado Park on Thursday, 6 February 2020, for a mega blitz clean-up.

The much-needed operation in Eldorado Park and surrounding Fountain Park and open spaces on Diamond Street, Silver Street, Concorde and the popular stadium in Ext 9, saw teams working tirelessly in their designated sections, tackling long grass on sidewalks, dense shrubs, tree pruning, litter picking, fixing potholes and removing unsightly illegal dumping in the area.

Over 1 278 and 1 470 primary and high school learners respectively, were engaged prior to the event as part of City Parks integrated plan to educate learners as well on the impacts of their actions in protecting public spaces. Specialists from JCPZ environmental and education department, visited each household around Fountain Park, providing information and education on the importance of open spaces and taking care and ownership of their parks and the environment.

In heeding the Executive Mayor’s campaign to accelerate service delivery in Joburg, the mega blitz operations seek address seasonal backlogs caused by the erratic weather patterns and the knock-on effect weather has on delivering timely services to our residents. City Parks and Zoo will continue its horticultural maintenance schedules operations across the city, to reclaim spaces prone to neglect.

“As the city’s entity responsible for over 2 173 public parks, cemeteries, street trees, open spaces, nature reserves and the Joburg Zoo, City Parks and Zoo is continuing these mega blitz operations across all 7 regions to deal with issues of long grass, park maintenance and general horticultural services, which have gone a long way in addressing the concerns of residents,” stated Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the city of Johannesburg.

“Grime attracts crime,” MMC Arnolds added. “We need to work as a collective to return these spaces to our children to play safe, away from drug abuse and neglect”, she emphasised.

Service shortfalls, including overgrown parks, fallen trees and hanging branches, can be reported to trees@jhbcityparks.com or register enquiries on the Joburg Connect Call Centre on 011 375 5555.

 

ENDS

 

Issued on behalf of Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, City of Johannesburg.

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City of Johannesburg Media Advisory

Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development

Monday, 3 February 2020

For Immediate Release

Protecting our wetlands to save the Flufftail

The White-winged Flulltail bird, a wetland ground nesting bird species is critically endangered and one of the rarest wetland birds to date. With only about 250 existing globally and approximately 50 remaining in South Africa, drastic measures need to be taken to save these birds and other species whose survival depends on wetlands.

The 6th Annual Flufftail Festival will take flight at the Johannesburg Zoo on 7 and 8 February 2020 in partnership with BirdLife South Africa, Rand Water (Water Wise), Toyota, the Rare Finch Conservation Group, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD).

The aim of the Flufftail Festival is to engage and educate the youth about the importance of safeguarding water, protecting wetlands and conserving waterbirds.

On Friday, 7 February 2020, 390 Grade 6 learners from four primary schools from Soweto will take part in the Johannesburg Zoo Flufftail Festival.

The following day, 8 February 2020, 400 youth (between the ages of 18-35) will be bused in by the City of Joburg municipality from the local communities around southern Gauteng to participate in the Flufftail Festival.

Wetlands are often undervalued and overlooked in society, yet they are so important. The Flufftail Festival takes place every year during Wetlands Month (February) and its aim is to raise awareness about the great value of wetlands and their biodiversity. It is through wetland biodiversity that ecological processes are carried out. Wetland biodiversity contributes to ecosystem resilience, clean water, water supply, storm protection, carbon storage, health and well-being, tourism and recreation and jobs. Biodiversity is a foundational value of wetlands and an inherent part of the significance of these ecosystems. Learners will be exposed to interactive and educational talks, hands-on exercises, water testing, quizzes, exhibitions, etc.

With the adverse effects of climate change, water scarcity is a reality in South Africa. It is without question that we help create young environmental enthusiasts who are passionate about saving our natural biodiversity.

Date: Friday, 7th February 2020 (for learners)
Date: Saturday, 8th February 2020 (youth between the ages of 18-35)
Time: 09h00 – 13h00 (for both events)
Venue: Johannesburg Zoo, Jan Smuts Ave. & Upper Park Drive, Parkview

 

ENDS

Issued on behalf of:

Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, City of Johannesburg.

Media enquiries can be directed to:

Noeleen Mattera: Stakeholder & Media Relations, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712-6722 / 07999 46345
E: nmattera@jhbcityparks.com
W: www.jhbcityparks.com

City of Johannesburg Media Advisory

Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Release: Immediate

All hands on deck for Eldos mega blitz clean-up

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Councillor Margaret Arnolds will lead a team of approximately 150 City Parks and Zoo staff in Eldorado Park on Thursday, 6 February 2020 for a much-needed clean up in Fountain Park in Eldorado Park as well the open space surrounding the park. As part of the Executive Mayor’s campaign to accelerate service delivery, JCPZ workers will be abuzz, cutting overgrown grass, pruning trees, cutting away shrubs, litter picking and an overall spruce up of the area.

The mega blitz seeks to address and fast-track the seasonal backlogs caused by the erratic weather patterns and the ripple effect climate change has had on our environment. City Parks and Zoo will continue its horticultural maintenance schedules operations across the city.

Date: Thursday, 6th February 2020
Time: 08h30-16h00
Venue: Fountain Park, Cnr Fontein Street & Spruit Avenue, Eldorado
Park: Ext 8, Region G

ENDS

Issued on behalf of Councillor Margaret Arnolds, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, City of Johannesburg.

Media enquiries can be directed to:
Noeleen Mattera: Stakeholder & Media Relations, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712-6722 / 07999 46345
E: nmattera@jhbcityparks.com
W: www.jhbcityparks.com

City of Johannesburg Press Statement by Cllr Margaret Arnolds

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development

Media Statement Saturday,

18 January 2020

For Immediate Release

All hands on deck for Zoo and Zoo Lake blitz operation

The Executive Mayor of the City of Joburg, Cllr Geoff Makhubo and the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Margaret Arnolds conducted an oversight visit and led a seasonal blitz operation at the Joburg Zoo on Saturday, 18 January 2020 from 7am.

The atmosphere prior to commencement, which kickstarted by triggering a countdown clock, saw teams from across the entity in green, blue, brown and orange overalls gather at the Zoo, with a host of specialised vehicles and equipment.

The Executive Mayor, Councillor Geoff Makhubo commended the team for working even in the rain to make sure service shortfalls are speedily addressed. He challenged the teams to do more and confirmed that he will be present in all regions, including the Inner City to ensure that basic concerns are tackled.

The successful operation dealt with issues within the Zoo, along the outside perimeter and at Zoo Lake. This included resolving electrical and plumbing concerns, reinstating fences, installing new flushing mechanisms in the ablution facilities, removing damaged signs inside and outside the Zoo and focusing on tree and lawn maintenance.

“Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) the entity responsible for designated open spaces including the Joburg Zoo, public parks, street trees and nature reserves, is working in all regions, to tackle the seasonal backlogs in horticultural services, after the intense rains. This blitz operation is not limited to the Zoo,” said MMC Arnolds.

Proactive plans were developed by JCPZ that included internal operations and external contractors to address the seasonal overgrowth, however the delayed rains had a knock-on effect on schedules over the festive season, where staffing is limited due to the holidays and plans are further disrupted due to the erratic rains.

This is a seasonal issue which has warranted JCPZ utilizing its limited resources over the weekend, to speedily resolve all backlogs.

The mayoral delegation included visits to the various enclosures within the Joburg Zoo, focusing on animal wellbeing. The oversight visit comes on the heels of the NSPCAs inspection on 7 January, which gave the zoo a clean bill of health.

MMC Arnolds, who entered the Otter enclosure to inspect the quality of water and then visited the three elephants bathing in their new pond, reassured residents that JCPZ, is working hard to make certain designated spaces are maintained and that our animals well taken care off.

Residents who are unsure of which departments are responsible for neglected open spaces and verge maintenance are urged to call 011 375 5555 to register their requests.

MMC Arnolds also took the time to thank the many residents who are maintaining and managing sidewalks that fall under the JRA mandate. Arnolds commented that, “the City sincerely appreciates every resident that has taken the time to maintain and beautify areas adjacent to their homes which builds happy neighbourhoods and healthy families”.

 

ENDS

Issued on behalf of MMC Margaret Arnolds

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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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Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

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E: nmattera@jhbcityparks.com

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.

 

ENDS

 

Issued by Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba

Member of Mayoral Committee for Community Development

City of Joburg

 

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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

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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:

 

REGION A

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.

 

REGION B

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.

 

REGION A

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: http://www.jhbcityparks.com “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:

PLEASE DON'T

  • 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.

DO

  • 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.

 

ENDS

  

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

For media queries, please contact:
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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712 6722 / 6617 / 6600
E: nmattera@jhbcityparks.com
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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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MEDIA STATEMENT
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 trees@jhbcityparks.com. For a detailed list of preferred tree species visit www.jhbcityparks.com.  

  

ENDS


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

City of Joburg

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PRESS STATEMENT COMMEMORATING WORLD ELEPHANT DAY AT THE JOBURG ZOO ON MONDAY, 12 AUGUST 2019
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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.

ENDS
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Bryne Maduka
Managing Director of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ)


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Wednesday, 31 July 2019
For immediate release

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 Nathi.Mvula@jhbzoo.org.za 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.
ENDS.

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.

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

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Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
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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.

Issued by
Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba.
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development City of Johannesburg
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Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations
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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.

ENDS

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

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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 www.jhbcityparks.com.

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 trees@jhbcityparks.com or whatsapp 0828030 748.

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

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Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
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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 trees@jhbcityparks.com or whatsapp 082 8030 748.