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Its conservation work has won the Joburg Zoo an award for excellence. Awards were also handed out for innovation and competence to other City departments.
THE conservation and research department at Joburg Zoo has won an excellence award for its projects to secure the future for certain endangered species.

 

The zoo's conservation department receives an exceelence awardThe zoo's conservation department receives an excellence awardWattled cranes, Cape vultures, ground hornbills, indigenous amphibians and indigenous sheep are the focus of these programmes. The department was also commended for its contribution to saving chimpanzees in Central Africa.
 

Dominic Moss, the executive manager of conservation and research at the zoo, says it was a great pleasure to be nominated for the We Make Joburg Great Excellence Award. “Recognition of the tremendous amount of work, often above and beyond the call of duty, is greatly appreciated,” he adds.

Moss says the zoo’s entire staff is responsible for it winning the award. “The award is not just for those directly involved, but all staff, without whose support the team cannot function.”

We Make Joburg Great is an internal campaign to encourage employees in the City and its municipal-owned entities to go the extra mile in doing their work and providing excellent customer service. It also encourages employees to come up with innovative projects.

The campaign is driven by four values: excellence, innovation, competence and commitment. Its aim is to encourage improved service delivery and prove Johannesburg is a world-class city. It was designed to show results in the short term, but also entrench core values in the minds of staff to ensure long-term success.

According to Matshidiso Mlaba, Joburg’s director of marketing, for world-class service delivery, the City needs to make sure its employees have a sense of pride, responsibility and dedication.

 

Endangered species: the wattled craneEndangered species: the wattled craneFor consideration in the awards, peers and colleagues nominate groups or individuals who live the four values, for adjudication by an independent panel, explains Candice Segal, the zoo’s marketing assistant.
 

Other winners
Region F’s department of health won the innovation award for displaying a truly remarkable reaction to the challenges of the xenophobic attacks in 2008, according to Mlaba.

Nurses from Rosettenville and Yeoville clinics found it difficult to communicate with patients who were migrants from foreign countries, so they set up translation services.

The competency award was won by Region A’s department of urban management for the installation of solar panels as the source of power at the Diepsloot Skill Centre. The centre is now able to carry out its projects, such as sewing and soap-making. This will help the development of the community.

The winner of the award for the commitment value is yet to be announced.

All four winners will compete for the grand prize, which will be presented to the overall winner towards the end of the year. City staff and employees of municipal-owned entities can vote for this grand winner.

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