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Vision Badges winners6

Date: 21 November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ENDS

 

Issued by Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba

Member of Mayoral Committee for Community Development

City of Joburg

 

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