Thematic Kalafong Heights officially opened


Members of the Mayoral Committee for Agriculture and Environmental Management and Sports and Recreational Services,  Petunia Mashaba and Nozipho Tyobeka Makeke, officially opened the Kalafong Heights Fitness Park in Atteridgeville at the end of last month.

The development of the fitness park is part of the City of Tshwane’s “Two Parks per Ward Programme”, an integral part of the City’s revitalisation of Tshwane by establishing two parks in each ward.

The idea is to enhance the image of amenities and the landscape so as to make Tshwane an attractive city to do business, live and play in. The programme also gives effect to Tshwane Vision 2055, which envisions a resilient, safe and liveable city.

The City of Tshwane views the development and transformation of open spaces into parks as a vital principle, since attractive open spaces have important environmental and social spin-offs. Outstanding benefits include reducing illegal dumping of waste into streams, protecting the natural environment and raising the quality of life among residents.

“It is important to ensure that the types and forms of development suit the economic profiles, lifestyles, needs, habits and values of most of the people living in particular areas,” Mashaba said.

The City will continue to create parks, ranging from pocket parks to multipurpose parks and thematic parks, making use of local supplies and communities to maintain the aesthetic appeal of the parks.

“In line with our  City Sustainability Strategy, we will continue to develop our social spaces while demonstrating more clearly that we are committed to tangible actions to become the most sustainable city in Africa – so that Tshwane can truly be a liveable city,” added Makeke.

About Kalafong Heights Fitness Park:

  • Before the fitness park was developed, the area was used as an illegal dumping site.
  • Today, the park features a spectacular view and landscape that have never been seen in a previously disadvantaged community.  
  • Energy saving and the well-being of the community guided the creation of the park. 
  • The park has outdoor gym equipment as well as 12 pieces of gym equipment for people with disabilities.
  • The park is geared at encouraging the community to work out in a public park, breath fresh air and enjoy the natural light.


comments powered by Disqus


This edition

Issue 68