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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo was allocated an operating budget of R856-million for 2015/16 and a three-year capital budget of R223-million in Finance MMC Geoffrey Makhubo's annual Budget speech on Tuesday, 26 May.

Finance MMC Geoffrey Makhubo
Finance MMC Geoffrey Makhubo briefs journalists ahead of his 2015/16 Budget speech at the Sandton Convention Centre (Photo:

Addressing councillors, citizens and the media at the Sandton Convention Centre, MMC Makhubo said City Parks' allocation would be spent on managing and conserving the City's public open spaces, as well as upgrading various parks and open spaces.

Brixton Park is among a number of parks in line for an upgrade in 2015/16, while on Friday, 28 May a newly upgraded Ivory Park in Midrand will be opened. At the same time, new parks will be developed in areas such as Stretford in Orange Farm, with work already far advanced on a new park in Meadowlands Extension 7 in Soweto.

MMC Makhubo noted that various projects will be undertaken at Johannesburg Zoo in 2015/16, including improvements to the animal hospital, an upgrade of the parking area, and alterations to various buildings.

Joburg City Parks and Zoo is committed to developing, maintaining and conserving open spaces, cemeteries and animal life for present and future generations of Joburgers.

Its scheduled and ongoing maintenance programme covers a total area of 7 505 hectares, of which 686 hectares are cemeteries, 498 hectares are sidewalks, and 48 hectares are landscaped road islands.

The MMC said the community-based planning approach that had been introduced in Region E in 2013 had been rolled out to all regions, enabling the City to appreciate the diverse needs of all its communities.

"Yet we all share the common collective goals of a liveable, sustainable and resilient City … This budget is grounded in the reality of a City that is growing ever more confident in its ability to meet the needs of its communities while progressively rolling back the economic and social legacy of its apartheid past."

He also spoke out against xenophobia, saying the country owed its freedom in part to the hospitality shown by the people of Africa to South Africans in exile during apartheid.

"As we were united in our struggles in the past, we are currently commemorating Africa Month, realising that we must unite to ensure that Africa today is better than it was yesterday. Collectively we must ensure that what we saw in the recent attacks on foreign nationals must never happen again in this leading cosmopolitan City in Africa. We are all Africans."