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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo announced as a 2017 National Business Awards Finalist

I am delighted to announce that Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) has been confirmed as a finalist in the 15th annual National Business Awards, in the Category Top Performing Public Service.
JCPZ has achieved this against strong competition from peer organisations in the public services sector, including South African Civil Aviation, the Development Finance Corporation and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

The City’s current administration, has prioritised serving with pride and offering a professional service to residents. This recognition bodes well, and is an encouragement to all City departments and entities. The National Business Awards recognise, among other successes, the innovation and ethical compliance of South African companies and organisations across all industry sectors.

The awards are an industry respected external confirmation of the professionalism, dedication and teamwork shown by the City’s employees.​

JCPZ’s nomination also signals to residents, City employees, partners and investors that the City of Joburg is committed to uplifting the quality of life and creating a vibrant and liveable city for the diverse people who call Joburg their home.

JCPZ has made huge strides in prioritizing service excellence and bridging greening disparities, which act as a catalyst to building civic ownership. These interventions have resulted in the reduction of operational costs in areas where residents are taking ownership of their public open spaces, and there is evidence of greater levels of social cohesion in the City. JCPZ continues to serve as a blueprint for urban development and conservation in the City of Joburg.

As part of its submission for the awards, JCPZ submitted highlights from its 2016/2017 annual report, and included its recent innovations to attract footfall to its facilities. This included:

Receiving an unqualified audit;
creating 7086 jobs;
developing and upgrading 29 new parks;
rehabilitating 31 wetlands;
nurturing 60 361 learners through its environmental education programmes;
hosting the first global Wattle Crane conservation programme;
concluding the construction of the new wing of the Veterinary Hospital at the Joburg Zoo to provide animals with world-class care;
fostering innovation by installing two Wi-Fi enabled smart benches in the Inner City that offers users the opportunity access the internet while charging their mobile devices; and
installing CCTV in one of the Inner City parks as a pilot project to reduce crime, while partnering with over 32 resident associations to utilize neighbourhood private policing structures to oversee park safety.
The National Business Awards will take place on 16 November, at Emperors Palace. I am hoping that on that day, JCPZ will walk away with the winning trophy. I hope I can count on each one of you to congratulate JCPZ on making it this far, and wishing them well for the final announcement of the winner.

Media enquiries:
Ayanda Radebe 
Acting Media Liaison: Office of the MMC Community Development 
AyandaR@joburg.org.za 
060 971 2603