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On Mandela Day Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will be tackling clean-ups, improving open spaces and working with communities to end hunger through food gardens.

Contribute towards food security by planting your own vegetable gardensContribute towards food security by planting your own vegetable gardensINTERNATIONAL Mandela Day affords Joburg City Parks and Zoo the opportunity to get residents involved and engaged in taking ownership of public spaces to keep Joburg clean and green, while paying tribute to Nelson Mandela.

On 18 July Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will spend the day with communities across the city, helping to improve their lives.

Under the theme Harvest4Madiba, City Parks and Zoo plans to distribute fruit trees; refurbish parks; install two outdoor gyms; distribute food hampers; and reclaim illegal dumping sites in Eldorado Park.

The organisation has heeded LeadSA's call to fight hunger by establishing food gardens across the city for vulnerable communities and will be showcasing its Lakeside Food Garden Project in Orange Farm. The project has been adopted by LeadSA, Radio 702 and 94.7. City Parks and Zoo will donate seedlings for the garden and make fruit trees available for residents to collect and plant on their private properties as part of the campaign.

City Parks and Zoo will also be working with local communities to clean up and beautify their green spaces. Residents and business, particularly local estate agents, are invited to adopt road islands in residential areas on Mandela Day and beautify these areas. The entity will be partnering with Pam Golding Estate Agents on some road island clean-ups.

"International Mandela Day affords us all the opportunity to be better citizens," says Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo managing director, Bulumko Nelana.

Joburg City Parks and Zoo Mandela Day activities

Mandela Activity Plan
For the Mandela Day Regional activity plan download here (PDF)

Honouring its promise to Madiba on his 90th birthday visit to Thokoza Park in 2009, City Parks and Zoo will plant a sizeable tree in the park's Mandela Orchard.

The ceremonial tree planting event will take place on the morning of 18 July, and will be attended by ward councillors, City officials, representatives from the local community and children from a nearby nursery school.

The City agency will also work with the community of Eldorado Park as part of a community-based Go Green and Clean campaign to reclaim and restore Boundary Park and servitudes in Eldorado Park. An outdoor gym will also be set up in the park.

It will also work with community members to improve the green gym on Pierpont Drive in Kibler Park.

The City Parks and Zoo street trees team will be donating 67 blankets to an orphanage in the inner city, while the agency, in partnership with Radio 2000, SABC TV, YoTV and others, will distribute food hampers and blankets to the homeless people who use Joubert Park. It will also supervise a clean-up in the park, after which there will be a concert featuring the likes of African jazz maestro, Selaelo Selota.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will also clean up open spaces and cemeteries around the city.