About Jozi Trails

Jozi Trails is a non-profit partnership, with Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo (JCPZ), to uplift the trail network along Johannesburg’s beautiful ‘ green lung’ – the Braamfontein Spruit.


Established by a group of passionate Joburgers who love the Spruit and surrounding parklands, the plan is to give everyone who uses it a better experience by creating a sustainable trail system that can be used for a range of recreational purposes.


Over the years, we’ve seen an increasing number of pressures impacting on the safety of Spruit trail users: From threats to personal security and belongings; to accidents caused by poorly maintained pathways and water courses; to crowding on popular sections at peak times; and inconsiderate use of the facilities.

Our idea is to improve the management and maintenance of the Spruit and regenerate the natural and man-made facilities which visitors come to enjoy. So we’re starting with improving the trails and increasing safety. After that, we’ll be looking at initiatives to capitalise on the Spruit’s potential as a tourist destination and create job opportunities.


It’s complicated! Since the issues and interventions required are so wide-ranging and challenging, and the costs are so high, we’ve split the project into three phases.


Significant, unanticipated growth in use of the facilities … land erosion … inadequate drainage; unclear routing on trails … irresponsible trail use … conflicts between different user groups … criminal conduct … plus the unsatisfactory upkeep (by public and private entities) of the sections of Spruit that their properties border and for which they are expected to be responsible.

Focusing on the Delta Park section of the Spruit that runs from Conrad Road in the North and Emmarentia in the South. We’ve chosen it as our ‘pilot’ site because it is one of the biggest and busiest public open spaces in Johannesburg and we expect it to give us a good overview of the challenges we’re likely to experience elsewhere along the Spruit. Key tasks include developing and implementing:

  • A management plan (covering all the rules and regulations that govern legal usage of the Spruit, signage, security, environmental management, trail building requirements and a trail maintenance plan)
  • A communication plan (to share the management plans with all authorities and businesses which border this portion of the Spruit, as well as users and other interested stakeholders.)
  • A sustainable funding model (driven by public and private contributions)

Further details will be supplied as we progress but key tasks will include: Explore and implement solutions to create a trail network that link Soweto, Midrand and the Cradle to the current trail system; Restoring and upgrading existing trails; designing new trails; exploring tourism-related opportunities; and implementing the management plan across the whole Spruit.

Then key tasks will include: Maintaining upgraded trails; building new trails; implementing tourism-related opportunities; exploring social-upliftment projects and continuing to implement the management plan across the whole Spruit.


  • Identifying and fixing accident Hot Spots:
  • ‘Choke’ points, where high numbers of people crowd narrow sections
  • Sharp corners, where trail users have no visibility of oncoming ‘traffic’ (such as horse riders, cyclists or runners who may be travelling at speed).
  • Alleviating environmental impact and erosion
  • Overcoming drainage issues
  • Adding signage on trails

Nigel Laver

General Manager
+27 83 258 6771

Jaco Louw



Geoff Lockwood


Wale Arewa


David Kramer

King Coordinator

Geoff Shute

Security Liason


Conor Fincham


Sam Brown

Liaison Officer