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Bailey Spruit and Lenasia Vlei were cleaned up by school pupils and City Parks as part of activities to celebrate World Wetlands Day.

The governments of Norway and Denmark have pledged to pour millions of rands into the Greening of Soweto Legacy Project. The plan is to plant more than 300 000 trees in the township over the next four years.

There is a shortage of burial space in Johannesburg, but the new memorial park in Diepsloot will go some way towards easing the crisis, with space for over a hundred thousand burials.

President Thabo Mbeki has promised his government "is prepared to address all issues raised" at a community meeting in Soweto. He was in the township as part of the Gauteng Presidential Imbizo tour of Joburg.

Revamped parks open for playTwo parks in high-density city suburbs have been reopened, after multimillion rand revamps – one in Yeoville and one in Troyeville.

The first road island targeted by City Parks has been given a make over. From a rubble strewn bit of land, it is now a beautiful green space.

In just 24 hours, City Parks aims to transform an open space into a lush green oasis with plenty of space for children to play. And it is just the first of what is hoped will be an annual event.

The hard work and dedication of scores of City Parks workers was noted when the agency's acting managing director toured the city handing out certificates.

An environmental awareness campaign looks at global warming and the effects of climate change. It includes a youth summit, spot testing of vehicle emissions and an extreme park make-over.

The Klipspruit - Klip River rehabilitation project was launched on World Environment Day, marking the start of the City's week-long environmental awareness programme.

With only a few hours left, City Parks's extreme park make-over is on schedule. Workers ignored the cold and worked through the night to meet the 6pm deadline.

It took hard-working City Parks staff just 24 hours to transform a barren piece of land into an attractive park.

The Coca-Cola Dome in northern Johannesburg is the new venue for the African leg of the Live Earth concert, 24 hours of music across the world to highlight global warming.

Nelson Mandela turned 89 yesterday, and to mark the occasion 89 trees were planted at Thokoza Park. Another sapling will be added each year on the day.

Johannesburg City Parks, the custodians of greening the city, is calling for nominations of individuals and organizations that have made a substantial contribution to building a greener, more sustainable and better environment in Johannesburg.

Already the largest manmade urban forest in the world, Johannesburg is planning to add thousands more trees to its landscape, greening the traditionally neglected townships.

Thousands of trees are being planted in Soweto, with residents of Dobsonville receiving fruit trees for their yards on Arbor Day.

For a Dobsonville, Soweto, school a dream of a beautiful garden has become a reality.

City parks has turned Lenasia's Rose Park into an attractive green space, and residents have been urged to help keep it clean and safe.

The Johannesburg Botanic Gardens has opened its own wedding venue, the Chapel Garden, which has been revamped to provide a beautiful setting for nuptials.

 A day was set aside to focus on the health and wellness of City Parks staff. On hand were health care providers, optometrists, dentists and gym groups, among others.   

Yet more trees have been planted in Soweto, narrowing the green divide between the north and south of the city, and growing Joburg's man-made, urban forest.

Greening the south of Joburg is high on the City's priorities. Already trees have been planted and parks set up; the latest effort was a clean-up of the Klipspruit.

Staff, media and companies were all recognised for their contributions to greening Johannesburg. Work in the south of the city got particular attention.

There have been Jews in Johannesburg for the past 120 years, during which time the community has made an indelible mark on the city. It has celebrated this history by planting trees in Soweto.

City Parks and its private sector partner, Cell C, threw an early Christmas party for more than a thousand disabled children. Zola 7 and Lesego Motsepe joined the festivities.

The City of Joburg celebrated a landslide victory at the United Nations endorsed Livable Communities awards in London, winning 4 Gold Awards, 1 silver, 1 bronze, sharing 2nd position in the Whole City category and winning the only bursary of the competition for the 2010 Greening Soweto Legacy Project, which will go towards installing a play park for children with physical challenges in Soweto.

Johannesburg's City Parks bagged more awards than any other city at an international greening competition organised by the United Nations.

The environment will be a primary beneficiary of World Cup legacy projects, with a number of greening projects planned, but it will not be the only winner after 2010.

Far from being a dusty, concrete-filled city, Johannesburg is filled with leafy trees and has dozens of spacious green lungs. Each region has its own flagship park, among the many smaller ones.