Mowers revved up to tackle overgrowth

2019-04-02 06:00
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The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department has refocused its operations to prioritise mowing and restoring parks around the city. With many of the parks now dry because of the recent drought, the City has set aside additional resources to restore the spaces.

The Recreation and Parks Department manages 3526 community parks, 12 district parks, 1996ha of road reserves and amenities, 10 biodiversity areas, 364 greenbelts, 40 cemeteries and a nursery.

The cleaning and mowing programme kicked off in Ocean View, Northpine and Langa last week.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien says the City is aware of the current state and the backlog in mowing activities at the parks, open spaces and cemeteries. He says his department had a tough time balancing the importance of sustaining the beauty of neighbourhoods and parks, while at the same time conserving water.

“As part of the city’s efforts to provide efficient and effective services the Recreation and Parks Department will train 455 EPWP workers. In the first six months they will be equipped with the necessary skills to ensure that they are fully capacitated through on the job mowing training, basic horticultural skills training, tree planting as well as irrigation system repair training,” says Badroodien.

Mayor Dan Plato says: “Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We now have the opportunity to reinvigorate our open spaces which were impacted by the drought. Through this project we can remind citizens that we are focused on service delivery in all aspects. This is a project aligned with our recently launched clean-up campaign to make neighbourhoods neat and tidy.”

Mayco member for urban management, Grant Twigg, says: “The grass cutting campaign is part of the wider clean-up campaign that is being rolled out across the metropole. The City has a responsibility to provide efficient and effective service delivery to our residents. This includes neat and tidy public open spaces, many of which are used for recreation purposes.”

There are many benefits to having parks in communities. Not only does it improve air quality, but it also provides spaces for children to connect with nature, strengthen communities, beautify neighbourhoods and improve physical and psychological health.

V The public can direct concerns, questions or complaints about uncut grass in parks and on sidewalks to 021 4009538 or 021 4004688 or 021 400 9538.

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department has refocused its operations to prioritise mowing and restoring parks around the city.

With many of the parks now dry because of the recent drought, the City has set aside additional resources to restore the spaces.

The Recreation and Parks Department manages 3526 community parks, 12 district parks, 1996ha of road reserves and amenities, 10 biodiversity areas, 364 greenbelts, 40 cemeteries and a nursery.

The cleaning and mowing programme kicked off in Ocean View, Northpine and Langa last week.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien says the City is aware of the current state and the backlog in mowing activities at the parks, open spaces and cemeteries.

He says his department had a tough time balancing the importance of sustaining the beauty of neighbourhoods and parks, while at the same time conserving water.

“As part of the city’s efforts to provide efficient and effective services the Recreation and Parks Department will train 455 EPWP workers. In the first six months they will be equipped with the necessary skills to ensure that they are fully capacitated through on the job mowing training, basic horticultural skills training, tree planting as well as irrigation system repair training,” says Badroodien.

Mayor Dan Plato says: “Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We now have the opportunity to reinvigorate our open spaces which were impacted by the drought. Through this project we can remind citizens that we are focused on service delivery in all aspects. This is a project aligned with our recently launched clean-up campaign to make neighbourhoods neat and tidy.”

Mayco member for urban management, Grant Twigg, says: “The grass cutting campaign is part of the wider clean-up campaign that is being rolled out across the metropole. The City has a responsibility to provide efficient and effective service delivery to our residents. This includes neat and tidy public open spaces, many of which are used for recreation purposes.”

There are many benefits to having parks in communities.

Not only does it improve air quality, but it also provides spaces for children to connect with nature, strengthen communities, beautify neighbourhoods and improve physical and psychological health.

V The public can direct concerns, questions or complaints about uncut grass in parks and on sidewalks to 021 4009538 or 021 4004688 or 021 400 9538.

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department has refocused its operations to prioritise mowing and restoring parks around the city.

With many of the parks now dry because of the recent drought, the City has set aside additional resources to restore the spaces.

The Recreation and Parks Department manages 3526 community parks, 12 district parks, 1996ha of road reserves and amenities, 10 biodiversity areas, 364 greenbelts, 40 cemeteries and a nursery.

The cleaning and mowing programme kicked off in Ocean View, Northpine and Langa last week.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien says the City is aware of the current state and the backlog in mowing activities at the parks, open spaces and cemeteries. Juggling balls

Badroodien says his department had a tough time balancing the importance of sustaining the beauty of neighbourhoods and parks, while at the same time conserving water.

“As part of the city’s efforts to provide efficient and effective services the Recreation and Parks Department will train 455 EPWP workers. In the first six months they will be equipped with the necessary skills to ensure that they are fully capacitated through on the job mowing training, basic horticultural skills training, tree planting as well as irrigation system repair training,” says Badroodien.

Mayor Dan Plato says: “Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We now have the opportunity to reinvigorate our open spaces which were impacted by the drought.

“Through this project we can remind citizens that we are focused on service delivery in all aspects. This is a project aligned with our recently launched clean-up campaign to make neighbourhoods neat and tidy.”

Mayco member for urban management, Grant Twigg, says: “The grass cutting campaign is part of the wider clean-up campaign that is being rolled out across the metropole. The City has a responsibility to provide efficient and effective service delivery to our residents. This includes neat and tidy public open spaces, many of which are used for recreation purposes.”

There are many benefits to having parks in communities.

Not only does it improve air quality, but it also provides spaces for children to connect with nature, strengthen communities, beautify neighbourhoods and improve physical and psychological health.

V The public can direct concerns, questions or complaints about uncut grass in parks and on sidewalks to 021 4009538 or 021 4004688 or 021 400 9538.

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