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2008-07-23: City Parks promotes a healthy environment and a healthy workforce

JOHANNESBURG City Parks, the leaders in greening are ensuring that its pioneering interventions to enhance the quality of the environment in the City, are balanced with an ambitious employee wellness programme, to nurture, retain and attract a healthy and inspired workforce.

City Parks is set to host an 'Employee Wellness Day' on Thursday, 24 July from 08:00 to 15:00 at the Klipriver Nature Reserve in partnership with its healthcare and financial service providers, to reinforce the importance of developing a stress-free workforce.

1901 employees have been invited to participate in various confidential, screenings for hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, body mass indices, dentistry, optometry and other chronic ailments.

'Right to Care,' a confidential and voluntary HIV counseling and testing service has also committed to making available a private, mobile unit to encourage HIV screening- this will be supported by trained counselors who will offer ongoing support to Johannesburg City Parks employees.  

Additional testing, counseling and education programmes will be presented by, the City of Joburg's Health Department on family planning and cancer screening for women, SANCA, on substance-abuse education and ABSA, on financial planning- the latter is aimed at ensuring that all employees are well informed on debt reconciliation interventions, savings and pension planning, products.

"Employees continue to show keen interest and remain supportive of the confidential Clinix Health, screening programmes in the organisation. It was therefore important to complement the screenings with a City Parks, Employee Wellness Day, to expose employees to more progressive healthcare trends and innovative financial products, that are aimed at increasing service-excellence, productivity-levels and employee-morale," stated City Parks Human Resources Executive, Ms Amanda Buzo-Gqoboka, who is championing the initiative.

City Parks, workforce has been at the forefront of addressing greening disparities in Joburg, including the recent beautification of key road islands, planting in excess of 90 000 street trees and upgrading and developing much-needed parks and eco-tourism facilities to increase the quality of life, of communities in the city.

"Johannesburg City Parks has a moral obligation to ensure that its workforce has access to healthcare and informed financial-planning assistance. New healthcare service providers and our bankers are encouraged to provide financial services and medical-aid packages for all employees, including City Park's labourers," stated the Managing Director of City Parks, Mr Luther Williamson, adding that, "the health of an organisation's workforce is the wealth of a company."