Zola Wetland Rehabilitation Project (Phase 1 and 2)

Locality Zola, Soweto
Client City of Johannesburg and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
Budget R20 million (phase 1 & 2)
Completion date January 2014

Brief Description:
The project comprised the ecological planning and rehabilitation of the Zola Wetland in Soweto, commencing with a status quo assessment, EIA authorisation and Water Use License applications. The brief required the provision of a pedestrian crossing over the wetland to link Zola South and Zola North with each other, stream and stormwater channel rehabilitation improving the connectivity of the stream channel with the surrounding wetland and the provision of recreation facilities on the periphery of the wetland, providing edge treatment and ways for the community to take ownership of the wetland.

The proposals were refined to detailed design and implemented over two phases:

Phase 1 comprised the development of the Zola Eco Park on the northern side of the wetland together with the construction of the pedestrian bridge.

Phase 2 comprised the development of the Zwelitsha Street Park south of the wetland, the Jabavu Street Park north of the wetland and extensive stormwqater channel and selected stream channel rehabilitation work. Specialist engineering design for the rehabilitation work was undertaken by Chris Brooker Associates, specialist engineers.

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