Hollard, Jozi Trails and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo launched the Jozi Trails Pilot project at Delta Park; Victory Park in Johannesburg.
The Pilot Project was launched by upgrading the first 11kms of trails along the Braamfontein Spruit.
Business Development and Stakeholder Management at Johannesburg City Parks Louise Gordon said the first of a three-phase project plan is focusing on improvements of Delta Park. Gordon said the section of the Spruit is already underway, with large parts of the Delta Park trails already completed.
“Hollard sponsored and lifted Jozi Trails to the next level. Hollard lives a vision and gets things done. They create a better future and honor people. Maintenance and rehabilitation of Jozi Trails needed expensive financial budget. We are making parks available for people so they can enjoy. We also got a lot of support from the public and park users”, said Gordon.
City of Johannesburg Community Development Nonhlanhla Sifumba said public and private sector could work together.
“The importance of this pilot project is to boost quality of lives and alleviate pressure. Open spaces go to waste if recycling does not happen. Jozi Trails submitted a proposal to our department during the process of calling submissions which includes infrastructure and environmental”, said Sifumba.
Managing Director of Jozi Trails Albert Urk said Jozi Trails also allocates for dog walks, runners, walkers and cyclists.
“Delta Park has been an attraction for tourists so it was innovated to the standard range. We ensures that the parks are safer with securities, site emergencies and people who tell the visitors or tourists about where to go and how. This park should be rehabilitated and preserved. We need partners who share the same vision with us. We appreciate the involvement, support and commitment we get from the public and City Parks. We want to ensure legal compliance and visitors should know the communication plan, engage with users and understand the Trail system”, said Urk.
Chief Marketing Officer at Hollard Heidi Brauer said the partnership is between Hollard and Jozi Trails, which is a non-profit initiative in association with the Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo. She added that the sole aim is to uplift the trail network along Johannesburg’s beautiful ‘green lung’ called the Braamfontein Spruit.
“As part of the partnership, Hollard has invested an initial amount of R1.5 million towards the much-needed upliftment of the trail network along a section of the Braamfontein Spruit, which includes aesthetic improvements to the parks and trails. This Pilot Project is intended to establish the viability of Public or Private partnerships along the Spruit. It also emphasises an ongoing maintenance and improved safety measures. This will improve the overall experience for pedestrians, trail riders and runners alike, creating a sustainable trail system that can be used for a range of recreational purposes”, said Brauer.