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Thursday May 24, 2012

Huge drive to put parks in Tshwane metro

Communities in the Tshwane metro area should be able to enjoy peaceful strolls and picnics in a greater number of parks before the end of this year.

The Two Parks Per Ward Programme, which was launched last week by the municipality's environmental management department, aims to ensure that every community in the city has access to a nearby park.

This programme aims not only to enrich the lives of Tshwane residents through providing clean, healthy and safe environments for them to live in but to boost economic growth and development through job creation.

"The Two Parks Per Ward Programme will contribute to the increased rate of landscape beautification initiatives in the city and overall address park development backlogs," said council spokeswoman Dikeledi Phiri.

The launch of this programme, which was led by executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, included the development of a symbolic "24hour park" in ward 77, Olievenhoutbosch.

The 24-hour project sought to involve all relevant stakeholders and community members in the creation and development of the park.

Thus, community members were called upon to assist with grass-laying, tree-planting and the installation of park benches, bins and play equipment.

By the end of the 24-hour project, the site was already pre-developed, with most of the required park infrastructure installed.

The proposed development and transformation of the open space network in the area - essentially an eco-park - provides certain environmental and social spin-offs, such as reducing illegal waste dumping into the stream, thereby improving human health area.

"I am very proud because this programme will bring a beautiful area in our ward and also reduce littering, which will lead to our community members living in a healthy environment," said Ward 21 council-Ward 17 (Mahube Valley, Mamelodi East) councillor Absalom Boroto was excited about the sustainable job opportunities that come with the programme.

Boroto said the job opportunities would make a great impact as they would be long-term jobs.

He added that the project would also have a positive impact on children's safety.

"Our children in townships play in the streets, and it's not safe, so now they will have a suitable place to play," he said.

Pretoria News

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