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Working with communities to provide a new, safe inner city park
 
Ekhaya park
 
The recently refurbished Ekhaya Park in Hillbrow was unveiled by the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Community Development in the City of Joburg (CoJ), Cllr Nonhlanla Sifumba on Wednesday, 7 June as part of the city’s World Environment Week celebrations.
 
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The R1.4million refurbishment included the installation of a full size, synthetic soccer field; a new ablution block; park furniture embedded with a chess board and table tennis; themed playgrounds for toddlers; landscaped lawns and murals.  The local subcontractors involved in both projects created jobs for 6-months, with a total number of 13 SMME’s, 16 EPWP and 12 beneficiaries being empowered from the local community during construction the process.  
 
The fully enclosed newly developed park is a welcome sight, for residents living in the towering high-rise apartments adjacent to the new park.
 
The luxury of sprawling open spaces to enable communities to connect with nature, and to bring residents together, are non-existent due to low-cost inner city densification in Hillbrow and its surrounding areas. It is therefore critical that the spread of urban degeneration is averted in the parks in the inner city.
 
Developing safe parks is also a complex issue that must be thought through from the design phase, together with community involvement; supporting maintenance programmes and regular recreation activities.
 
“Park safety is of paramount importance for City Parks and the Zoo, who are responsible for the maintenance of the facility, however it requires the need for communities to become closely involved in the parks’ everyday use and protection, to ensure that these spaces are sustained,” stated Sifumba.
 
Sifumba commended the Ekhaya Neighbourhood Improvement District for establishing a forum with business, Bad Boyz Security, local schools, SAPS, JCPZ and the community to reclaim the park, which was beset with problems of grime, petty crime, vandalism and substance abusers, and acknowledged their outstanding contribution by presenting the forum with an award for exceptional service to the community. 
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Hollard sponsors Baobabs for Ring Tail Lemurs at the Zoo

Hollard’s Corporate Social Investment has kindly paid for two large Baobab-shaped tree structures installed at the Madagascar section of the Johannesburg Zoo, where Hollard Volunteers also helped to clear the enclosure. The Ring-Tailed Lemurs are the lucky recipients of this innovative climbing structure that combines lemur welfare and conservation with play

The ring-tailed Lemur is the most iconic lemur species of Madagascar. They are easily identified by their distinctive black and white striped tail which gives them their name. In the wild, lemurs would be found in the mid canopy of the trees. To allow them to mimic this natural behaviour, their enclosure is designed with large Baobab structures with ropes connected to different areas. The lemurs use these ropes and branches to move around their enclosure, promoting exercise and demonstrating their natural climbing and jumping abilities when doing so.

Katherine Visser, the Primate Curator at the Johannesburg Zoo, expressed her appreciation to Hollard and the contractor that built the Baobab structures.

Hollard sponsors Baobabs for Ring Tail Lemurs at the Zoo

 

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Cross over rivers and crawl under roads through tunnels and experience Joburg’s popular adventure run. From the creators of the Hollard JUMA, BAM events and experience creators, in partnership with JHB City Parks and Zoo, brings you the all new adventure packed Hollard JURA (Jozi Urban Run Adventure).

The run will start and end at Marks Park. Runners will make their way towards conquering various obstacles such 50m bum slide, hay bale hell, mielie sack jumping, crawling under roads through tunnels, running across the Emmarentia Dam and much more. Urban is the new trail!

Date:  Saturday 27 May 2017 |  Venue: Marks Park, Emmarentia

Race Start Times: Entry Fees:
18KM Adventure: First batch off at 7am R330 ex Vat
12KM Adventure: Batch times will be sent via SMS/Email R299 ex Vat
6KM Fun Run: Batch times will be sent via SMS/Email R249 ex Vat

Please Note: Seeding of each race will be sent by Jumpertrax before race day.

For all race related enquiries please email info@jumpertrax.com

 

Hollard JURA Registration

THE PAVILLION MARKS PARK

  • Address: Judith Rd, Emmarentia Randburg
  • Wed 24TH May 10 am – 6 pm
  • Thurs 25TH May 10 am – 6 pm
  • Fri 26 May 10 am – 8 pm
  • Late Hollard JURA registrations on race day 27th May  6 am-10 am on the start field

Think you can conquer the 6 km fun run or take on the 12 km adventure, or maybe the 18 km adventure is more your cup of concrete then you definitely need to enter the Hollard JURA. You can challenge your friends and family or why not do it as a team building exercise with your fellow colleagues.

http://www.joziadventure.co.za 

Calling on Residents to maintain their private spaces 

The City of Johannesburg is calling on residents to maintain their private spaces, failing which the city will undertake this service and escalate this to the rates account of the defaulting landowner.

An authorised official may declare a problem property with one or more circumstances exist at the property:

  • Have been abandoned by the registered owner or responsible person
  • Rates and Taxes have not been paid for any three months during any period of 12 months.
  • Water and electricity have not been paid for three months during any 12 month period.
  • Does not comply with existing legislation and / or is not maintained in accordance with health, fire safety and town planning and building control bylaws.
  • Has no limited use of lifts in the building on the property
  • Is overcrowded as envisaged in any law, By-law, town planning scheme in operation or any other relevant legislation
  • Is unhealthy, unsanitary, unsightly or objectionable
  • Has overloaded or illegally connected electricity supply
  • Has no electricity supply
  • Has no water supply
  • Has illegal connections to sewer mains
  • Has overflown or blocked sewer drains
  • Is subject to complaints of criminal activities, including but not limited to drug dealings, prostitution, money laundering.
  • Occupied illegally
  • An injurious condition exists
  • Where refuse, waste material, rubble, scrap or any similar material is accumulated, dumped, stored or deposited, unless so stored in terms of valid approval by the local authority
  • Is partially completed
  • Is structurally unsound
  • Is a threat or danger to the safety of the occupiers, registered owners, responsible person or the public in general

The authorised official shall serve a written notice on the responsible person that the property has been declared a problem property requiring such responsible person within a specified period to comply with the provisions of these By-laws and any other relevant legislation or By-laws and the responsible person shall forthwith comply with the notice. If the authorised official has reason to believe that the condition of any building or property is such that steps should immediately be taken to protect the safety and health of persons or property, he or she may take steps as may be necessary in the circumstances to alleviate that condition, without serving or delivering such notice on or to the responsible person and may recover the cost of such steps from the responsible person.

Any person who contravenes any provision or fails to comply with any notice issued in terms of these By-laws commits an offence and may, in the sole discretion of the local authority be fined on the spot to the extent as stipulated by the local authority. Any person who contravenes any provision or fails to comply with any notice issued in terms of these By-laws, commits an offence and shall be liable for criminal prosecution.

Any person may by means of a written application, in which the reasons are given in full, apply to the local authority for exemption from any provision of this By-law.

 

Take a glimpse into the world of fauna from the Amazon Basin when visiting Joburg Zoo’s Animal of the Amazon Exhibit. The building design is based on the historic Mayan temples of Central America, and consists of 2 floors of exhibit, with the 3rd level being an observation deck.The exhibit houses an impressive collection of animals from Central and South America, ranging from large predators to small animals, consisting of: reptiles, arachnids, amphibians, fishes and mammals.  At least 2 of the “terrifying creatures of the Amazon river”, Arapima and pacu is amongst the collection. The exhibit has a walk-through tunnel, housing fresh water fish and it brings the exciting biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest to many South Africans who would never be able to visit such natural habitats. The exhibit also highlights the beauty of each of the species found within that habitat, their needs and to create awareness of habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity.

Reptiles

A huge diversity of reptiles can be found in the Amazon Rainforest, most are primarily carnivores whilst others are herbivores .The zoo’s collection consists of the following species of snakes 4 Boa species, Boa Constrictor, Amazon tree boa, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Columbia Rainbow Boa, Red tailed boa and Yellow anaconda . Boa are the most famous snakes in the world,  with Anacondas being one of the most dangerous, the largest and heaviest snake in the world, weighing up to 95 kg and 5-7 m long. Other snakes such as Milk Honduran, Snake False water Cobra can also be found in the Exhibit.

Lizards

At least 2 lizard species are amongst the Zoo’s collection one of them being the Gila Monster Green, which is one of the largest and venomous lizards in the US and Iguanas.

Frogs

Wildly coloured and toxic are poison dart frogs; their poison can easily paralyse any animal.  Their bright colours serve to warn predators to stay safely away. Golden Poison Dart Frog, Yellow banded dart frog, Dyeing Dart Frog, Amazon poison dart frog, Black and Green Dart Frog, Blue Dart Frog, Dart Strawberry are amongst the few frogs that can be found in the exhibit.

Fish

Myriad fresh water fish species ranging from the largest Arapaima, which is approximately 450 centimeters long and weighs about 200 kg are housed in the exhibit. Also Pacu, an omnivore related to the famous Piranha and has human-like teeth, known from fishing story joke as “testicle-eating” fish is amongst the collection. Freshwater stingray, Red tailed Catfish Piraiba Catfish - known to be the largest catfish of the Amazon river, Red Hump Earth Eater, Jack Demsey, Oscar Chichild - very aggressive fish which will actively defend its territory, Bronze Corydoras - have a mild poison which causes fish which try to attack them to get stung, Altum Angel - considered the most peaceful of all angelfish species, Discus- derives its name from its body shape, which is round and compressed like a disc and Amazon Leaf Fish- the fish is camouflaged to mimic a dead leaf, both in body shape and pattern. It can change colour to match its surroundings and has a projection from its bottom lip that resembles a leaf stalk.

Spider species

Very interesting species of spiders are housed in the exhibit including one of the largest spiders, often cited as 2nd or 3rd in the world, Bird eater. Various species of tarantula such as Curly hair tarantula, Mexican Red Knee and Green Bottle Blue - one of the most colourful tarantulas in the world are amongst the collection. Bright blue legs, metallic blue green carapace and orange abdominal hair, Chilean Common Tarantula, Mexican Flame Knee tarantula, white striped bird eater and Costa Rican tiger rump

Mammal Species

2 mammal species, Selba Short-tailed bat and Emperor Tamarin are housed in the exhibit

 

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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) in partnership with the Development Bank of SA (DBSA) have commenced the rollout of CCTV technology in parks. 

The City of Johannesburg’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba..

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, the custodian of the City’s parks, street trees, conservation areas and cemeteries is appealing for patience from residents as it resolves its seasonal backlogs.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo invited 1000 school learners to the zoo to learn more about our meat eaters. 

Join our mountain bike skills clinics and let us help get you Hollard JUMA ready! 

Joburg Weather Remains Wet This Weekend - Large On The Lawn With Jack Parow And Francois Van Coke POSTPONED Due To Rain Forecast 

The importance of wetlands was put high on the agenda when Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo (JCPZ), the City of Johannesburg’s custodian of greening initiatives, celebrated World Wetlands Day with more than 100 learners and community environmental ambassadors at Alberts Farm on Wednesday February 15.

He may appear lean and shabby but Letaba the White Lion, a resident of the Johannesburg Zoo, is in “excellent health”, despite serious concerns raised by members of the public.

Juweel Park in Region E is situated along the Klein Jukskei Spruit. Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo during the week of Valentine’s Day showed love and awareness to this area by removing alien invasive plant species.

A 54km & 22km urban ride through the heart of the biggest urban forest in the World, our city Johannesburg! 

Cross over rivers and crawl under roads through tunnels and experience Joburg’s popular adventure run.

World Wetland Day (WWD) is celebrated globally on 2 February to highlight the importance of wetlands.

All tip-offs remain anonymous. "Together with you residents' help, we are certain that we can put illegal dumping in the City to an end..

Wetlands produce rice and this source of food is the staple diet of nearly 3 billion people - half the world's population.

Visitors to the Johannesburg Zoo can look forward to a multi-story car park that is nearing completion.

The smart bench installed at Metro Park in the Inner City of Johannesburg is Wi-Fi enabled, can be used to charge mobile gadgets whilst simultaneously acting as seating, shade and a safe place for people to digitally interact in an open space.

One of the best birding spots in Johannesburg, the Beaulieu Bird Sanctuary is situated in a gated community in Kylami.

The tree that Nelson Mandela planted at Thokoza Park in 2008 declared a Champion Tree.

CONSERVATION - The zoo has been involved in an indigenous sheep breeding conservation project since 2007. The aim is to increase the population of Bapedi and Zulu Sheep.

Two blue cranes have been released in a Fourways Nature Reserve in an estate. The pair were kept at the Ruitkuil Conservation and Breeding Farm in Parys and moved to their new home yesterday.

Saturday 29 October, the Gauteng Model Boat Club will be holding an open exhibition day at Emmarentia Dam. 

One year ago, on a fateful Sunday, 2 loving couples went to church and then decided to visit Rhodes Park. They were enjoying a beautiful evening at this exact site, in the park when they were approached by a group of at least 8 individuals who robbed them of their belongings and then tied up Mr Zukisa Kela and Mr Sizwe Tyeke before forcing them into the dam. Two young lives with so many possibilities were subsequently lost to the world, on this day, a year ago…

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo the custodians of green heritage observed National Invasive Species Week 2016 at Hercules Rd Heldekruin in Roodepoort. The awareness created is aimed at eradicating species that threaten our ecosystems particularly our scarce water resources; food security, our livelihoods and our economy.

An evergreen tree growing 5-10m high, black wattle has dark olive-green finely hairy leaves. Pale yellow or cream spherical flowers in large fragrant sprays blooming from August to September. Fruits are dark brown, finely haired pods.