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

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

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

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


A City of Johannesburg Media Advisory

07 February 2019

Release: Immediate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For media queries, please contact:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Revitalising the Inner City:

Three new parks launched in Jan Hofmeyer

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

3 December 2018

Release: Immediate

The Joburg Zoo is ‘Staycation-ready’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Media Enquiries
Noeleen Mattera
Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712 6600 / 011 712 6617 
Follow us on Twitter @JoburgParksZoo or on Facebook

The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (Euwallacea sp) is an invasive beetle that attacks dozens of common natives and landscape trees. The beetle tunnels its way into host trees and spreads a disease called Fusarium Dieback (FD) which infects over 110 species. FD is caused by Fusarium Euwallacea, a fungus that disrupts the transportation of water and nutrients in the tree, therefore causing the tree to die from the tip of its leaves or roots backwards.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Zoo Lake is your number one picnic spot!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Media Enquiries
Noeleen Mattera
Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712 6600 

Follow us on Twitter @JoburgParksZoo or on Facebook

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

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Reconsidering the way we bury our loved ones

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

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

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

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


Till death do us part...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Issued by

Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development

City of Joburg




Jenny Moodley

Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

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



Thursday, 11 October 2018

For Immediate Release


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issued on behalf of

MMC Nonhlanhla Sifumba

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development

City of Johannesburg

For Media Enquiries

Noeleen Mattera

Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

Follow us on Twitter @JoburgParksZoo or on Facebook

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


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


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

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

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

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

19 September 2018

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Heritage Day appeal to residents to obey park safety bylaws

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The aim of National Science Week is:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come and make memories with mom!

For more information about the concert click here.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


In response to the announcement by the Presidency in 2016, debate in parliament on the State of the Nation, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will no longer be advertising their tenders in any of the print media (newspapers).

Effective from 22 January 2018, all tender adverts of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, will be advertised in our website and e – Tender Portal.

This is to ensure that government spending is curbed in order to redirect spending to service delivery initiatives and enable all small businesses to view all government tenders in one platform and spend less on buying of newspapers.

For enquiries, please contact Senzosenkosi Mthembu on 011 712 6711.

Issued by:

Mr. Bryne Maduka

Managing Director

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

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

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

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

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


Adult R745
Child R455
Pensioner R455

Children ages 3 & under FREE

Entry of your membership includes the Zoo Trot.

Terms of Purchase

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

Fill out the Application Form and send the completed form with the proof of payment to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To purchase a globe, please visit or Alternatively, you can call 011 483 9100/9175 for more information.

Issued jointly by
Hospice Wits and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Issued by

Ms Bukelwa Njingolo

Acting Managing Director

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

T: 011 712-6600


Media Enquiries

Jenny Moodley

Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

T: 011 712-6615/00

C: 082 8030 748/076 950 5151