Dobsonville primary school takes first prize in greening schools competition

Noeleen Mattera

Noeleen Mattera

Makhoroane Primary School have netted the Johannesburg City Parks competition's big prize.

Johannesburg City Parks is the greening, cemetery and conservation agency in the City of Johannesburg. It has been successfully rolling out the annual My Dream Parks schools poster competition.

The competition is sponsored by Total SA, with prize money distributed to three winning schools for the development of parks in their respective schools.

Pupils participated in groups and then submitted one entry for every school to the Gauteng department of education.

City Parks and its partners handed the three newly developed parks over to last year's winning schools. It also announced the three winners for this year.

More than 10 schools gathered at Makhoroane Primary School in Dobsonville, Soweto, for the festivities. In attendance were environment MMC councillor Prema Naidoo, Philip Jordan, chief executive of Total SA, Luther Williamson, Johannesburg City Parks managing director, and officials from the Gauteng education department.

The competition is aimed at educating, inspiring and instilling in pupils the importance and value of nurturing public open spaces, while acting as a catalyst to build civic pride.

City Parks is mindful that space for public parks is very limited in areas such as Alexandra, and therefore the need to develop play parks in schools where children can play in safety.

This year's prize money was distributed to the winning schools as follows:

l 1st prize - park development to the value of R250000 - Mayi- buye Primary School in Midrand, north of Johannesburg;

l 2nd prize - park development to the value of R150000 - Thathezakho Primary School in Dobsonville;

l 3rd prize - park development to the value of R100000 - Winnie Ngwekazi Primary School in Pimville, Soweto;

Additional prizes of picnic bags and stationery were awarded to all those winning pupils who had contributed to the winning entry.

The 2006 winners were:

l Makhoroane Primary School, atVuzane Street in Dobsonville;

l Skeen Primary School, SA Boulevard, Tsutsumani Village, Alexandra, Johannesburg; and

l Ikaneng Primary School, 6469 Lenong Street, Zone Diepkloof, Soweto.

Noeleen Mattera works for Johannesburg City Parks' marketing and media division.