Soweto park voted best in the world

dlk001

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Great News!, Well done City Parks!

WHEN Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo unveiled a plan to plant trees in Soweto last year, little did he know that the Soweto Greening Project would meet with international acclaim.

At the time he said 300 000 trees would be planted in Soweto to *enhance the quality of life and environment in this previously neglected part of Johannesburg.

After this City Parks went to work planting trees, developing parks and cleaning wetlands around the sprawling township.

It proved fruitful this week when the 2010 Soweto Greening project, Thokoza Park and the Moroka Dam Wetlands rehabilitation projects in Soweto were awarded gold merit awards at the UN-endorsed Liveable Communities Awards in London.

It scored another coup when the Dorothy Nyembe Park in Dobsonville was hailed as the best park *internationally.

The 3.5ha park, which was *revamped at a cost of R7.5 million, scooped the first prize in the natural-built project category.

The park boasts such educational facilities as wetlands conservation, fossil life, birds and indigenous plants and herbs that form part of a natural pharmacy.

Other parks that were recognised were Ivory Park in Midrand and the Diepsloot Memorial Park which *received a silver award.

The parks were competing against 46 communities and 23 *nations, says Luther Williamson, managing director of Johannesburg City Parks.

These included Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, Broadland in the UK, *Fayetteville in the US, Soho in London, Agra in India and other cities in Russia, Canada and Slovenia.

“The win in the highest-density category confirms that Johannesburg is on par with its counterparts from more-developed and better-*resourced nations. We’ll continue to strive towards the provision of the best possible outdoor experience for residents of Johannesburg.”

He says city planners have “a moral responsibility to keep up with new environmental trends to develop sustainable communities”.

He says the prize money will help to build a play park for children with physical challenges in Soweto.
 

MacNabs

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Wow, this is great news. Next time i visit South Africa I think i will drop my kids off at the park for the day while I go and do some shopping at that great new soweto mall.
 

dlk001

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Wow, this is great news. Next time i visit South Africa I think i will drop my kids off at the park for the day while I go and do some shopping at that great new soweto mall.
and the mall looks very good. similar to Clearwater Mall in westrand.
 

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Wow, this is great news. Next time i visit South Africa I think i will drop my kids off at the park for the day while I go and do some shopping at that great new soweto mall.
Does anyone else detect a hint of sarcasm here? :D
 

PeterCH

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300.000 trees = 300.000 places for a Tsotsi to hide to get j00! :)
 

NoADSLyet

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Ok thats in the Nature category. So the topic is slightly misleading but hey we have done well in the Zoo department. Good achievement anyway and I wonder who is to pocket the 10000 pounds. :D


Category E

1st Wujin District, Changzhou (Gold)

2nd= Arriyadh City (Bronze)

2nd = City of Johannesburg (Bronze)

3rd Abuja (Bronze)




Natural Projects

1st Dorothy Nyembe Education Centre, Johannesburg (Gold Award)

2nd Wadi Hanifah Restoration, Arriyadh City (Gold)

3rd Ivory Park, Johannesburg (Gold)

Gold Awards;

Greening of Soweto, Johannesburg

Thokoza Park, Soweto, Johannesburg


Silver Awards:

Diepsloot Cemetery, Johannesburg

Energy and Education Project, Schwalm-Edier-Kries

Saltwell Park, Gateshead

Bronze Awards:

Catton Park, Broadlands

Salam Park, Arriyadh City

Environmental Management Strategy: Jo’Burg

Environmentally Sensitive Practices: Hoover



Bursary Award for £10,000: Greening of Soweto, Johannesburg




The colour of an award DOES NOT indicate the communities final placing – it is a standard. So Gold is excellent but DOES NOT mean first place – it is possible to come 2nd and win a Gold award.
 
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dlk001

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May we whiteys dare? or should we get a escort?
You need someone to guide you so that you don't get lost.

The atmosphere at a park in Soweto will not be the same as any other park in suburbs. Its why many white people go to see and experience. Its the same atmosphere you will feel when you eat at a Restaurant like Nambitha.
 
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