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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will be co-hosting two flagship activations on Nelson Mandela Day 2016 in order to help better the lives of the most vulnerable among us in the City of Joburg.

City Parks and Zoo lends its support on International Mandela Day


Thursday, 14 July 2016
For immediate release

It doesn't take much for one person to touch someone's life but if we do it in numbers, we can touch many lives.
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, in celebration of the spirit and humility of a great mentor and legend, the Late Dr Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, will be co-hosting various activities to better the lives of the most vulnerable amongst us in the City of Joburg.

Two flagship activations have commenced at the Eyethu Centre, a safe haven for physically and mentally challenged children, in Mofolo, Soweto and a mini-park at the Correctional Services facilities in Diepsloot, Naturena

JCPZ has facilitated private sector support to revamp the Eyethu Centre which provides love and care for over 86 physically and mentally challenged children between the ages of 3-18.

The Centre is in dire need of both an external and internal facelift and JCPZ is championing the beautification of the lawns and the painting.  Gijima Technologies has donated R75k towards the purchase of garden tools and Medal Paints has generously donated 100 litres of paint.

Approximately 60 staff will be painting, the external walls, ceilings the classrooms and the living spaces at the Centre.  Further enhancements include the repairs to the plumbing, carpentry and electrical work.  City Parks and Zoo will also be revamping the derelict food garden by replacing it with vegetable seedlings, planting fruit trees and installing playground equipment suitable for the physically challenged.

The Joburg Roads Agency has also offered its assistance and is tarring the driveway and building a ramp to improve access for the children, dependent on wheelchairs.  Joburg Water will repair water leaks inside and outside of the Centre to support the joint-initiative.

The second flagship event will include Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo constructing a mini-park at the Correctional Services facilities in Naturena.  The Minister of Correctional Services, Advocate Michael Masutha and the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Councillor Mpho Parks Tau, will be painting and then unveiling the park on Saturday, 16 July at 9.30 for 10:00.

The new facility will include a new playground, trees, park benches, bins and a palisade fence.

JCPZs 7 Regions will be playing their part as well for Mandela Day on 18 July. The following activities will commence from 09h00 to 13h00:

  • In Region A, JCPZ will be grass cutting, installing bins and undertaking a general clean-up at the Thabo Mbeki informal settlement in Lanseria together with community members.
  • In Region B, JCPZ will be cutting the grass and conducting a general clean-up at the Riverlea Old Age Village in Jabaroo and Jabula Strs, Riverlea.
  • In Region C, the Roodepark Primary School at 52 Clarendon Drive, Roodepoort will be assisted in developing a food garden, beautifying the schools gardens and painting the palisade fencing around their sports facility.
  • In Region D, the team deployed to assist in refurbishing the Eyethu Centre will also participate in the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Madiba Memorial in Thokoza Park from 09h00-10h00. This is the site where Madiba planted a tree to reinforce the importance of Arbor Day in 2008.
  • In Region E, JCPZ employees will be painting and rehabilitating the vegetable garden at the Thembalami Care Centre for the elderly at 397 Victoria Road in Lombardy East. The Region will also be undertaking some horticultural maintenance, painting and upgrading the vegetable garden at the Sithandiwe Disabled Centre in Shakespeare Road, Lombardy East.
  • In Region F, employees will be painting and beautifying the gardens at the West Turffontein Old Age Home at 1 Minnaar Str. The Region will also have 400 children from the various Cotlands Centres for a play-day at the Rotunda Park in Turffontein. This will be the largest sports day in the history of the organisation.

JCPZ will also partner with the SABC, Radio 2000 and Channel Africa to broadcast from Joubert Park where over 200 homeless residents will be encouraged to help clean the park and be generously presented with a hamper and a warm blanket by various donors. Gauteng Premier David Makhura and the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Councillor Parks Mpho Tau will be present at the event, where The Premier is scheduled to address the gathering at 11h55.

Mandela Day is a key event on the Johannesburg Zoo's calendar as well and to commemorate the day, the Zoo will be transporting and host a group of senior citizens from the Joseph Gerard Home in Alexandra for an inaugural tour, a Big 5 experience and a picnic.

"Mandela Day is a vehicle to appeal to citizens to take a stand against destroying our environment by advocating for green and clean cities that are conducive to growing happy, active and healthy families", stated the MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Chris Vondo.

International Mandela Day is marked annually to inspire society to take action to help change the world for the better. In Madiba's own words: "It is time for us to restore to nature more than we have taken from it" - Nelson Mandela

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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo is a Section 21 Company wholly owned by the City of Joburg. The entity is responsible for parks, cemeteries, conservation areas, street tree, nature trails and the rich biodiversity found in the Zoo and in the City.