Now you can park off at Joburg Zoo
New two-storey, split-level parkade makes it much safer and more convenient
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.