Now you can park off at Joburg Zoo

New two-storey, split-level parkade makes it much safer and more con­ve­nient

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WITH the num­ber of visi­tors each year to the Joburg Zoo in Sax­on­wold in­creas­ing, park­ing proved to be a chal­lenge and many mo­torists re­sorted to park­ing on the streets, ad­ja­cent to the zoo.

This of­ten re­sulted in pri­vate drive­ways be­ing ob­structed and traf­fic jams... up­set­ting neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents .

The short­age of park­ing space also led to an in­crease in the num­ber of in­for­mal car guards and ve­hi­cle break-ins.

In 2015, this prompted Jo­han­nes­burg City Parks and Zoo to start build­ing a two­s­torey split-level parkade that will pro­vide for 710 ve­hi­cles and a drop-off point for buses.

How­ever, dur­ing the ex­ca­va­tion stage the project was tem­po­rar­ily halted when con­trac­tors dis­cov­ered his­toric rem­nants on the con­struc­tion site.

The site was sub­se­quently given the clear­ance by the her­itage author­ity and the project was ex­tended to be con­cluded in June 2017, re­sult­ing in the pro­vi­sion of safe, se­cure and has­sle-free park­ing at the Joburg Zoo.

Mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee for com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment in the City of Joburg, Nonhlanhla Si­fumba, said: “The much-an­tic­i­pated parkade comes as a wel­come re­lief for all zoo lovers and af­fords res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to rekin­dle their child­hood by vis­it­ing the zoo to view its lat­est of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing the Siberian tigers and the threat­ened wild dogs.”

Si­fumba added: “The Joburg Zoo is a liv­ing mu­seum that plays a crit­i­cal role in ed­u­ca­tion, con­ser­va­tion, eco-tourism and the pro­tec­tion of il­le­gally traf­ficked and in­jured an­i­mals and there­fore the al­lo­ca­tion of fund­ing to up­grade its age­ing in­fra­struc­ture is cru­cial to eco­nomic growth in the City of Joburg.”

The Joburg Zoo is home to over 365 species and also boasts the Tem­ple of the Ama­zon which houses rare and threat­ened species.

It is one of the most pop­u­lar out­door venues in thecity and at­tracts about 500 000 peo­ple per an­num.

The zoo at­tracts about 500 000 peo­ple per an­num

RIB­BON-CUT­TING: Edgar Nelu­vha­lani, Bukelwa Njin­golo, Owen Hor­wood, Van Wyk, Nonhlanhla Si­fumba, Yaswant Gord­han and Bu­lumko Ne­lana.

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