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JOHANNESBURG will, once again, host South Africa’s premier celebration of the arts when the annual Arts Alive Festival hits the streets and theatres of the City in September for the 20th year in a row.

AN infestation of dassies has been reported in parts of Joburg, with the animals leaving reserves and invading homes. In response, a culling programme will be introduced.

A NEW neighbourhood is planned for Soweto – called Oasis – that will have residential, retail, recreation and business facilities. There are also plans for Lanseria.

CITY Parks is going all out this year to celebrate Madiba’s 94th birthday. It is planting 94 trees in each city region, among other humanitarian efforts.

EXERCISE equipment should keep City Parks’ biggest loser trim after he lost 10kg – 13 percent of his body weight – in the utility’s healthy living competition.

MORE than 100 youngsters celebrated World Environment Day at a camp this week, where they learnt how to combat climate.

PROTECTING the environment, highlighting the implications of dumping and empowering youth are just some of the initiatives City Parks will undertaking during the month of June.

THE second outdoor gym has opened in Joburg, this time in Diepsloot. Excited residents greeted the opening, and were keen to learn how to use the equipment.

THE final resting place of Afrikaans anti-apartheid activist Beyers Naudé will be declared a national heritage site, one of about 28 heritage projects for the year.

IT is hoped that the garden will expose student to phytol-medicine and teach them about a wider range of healing strategies from different traditions.

PEOPLE are flocking to the outdoor gym at Petrus Molefe Eco Park, where regular morning aerobics classes are always full.

PLANTING trees and learning about medicinal herbs are some of the activities being held to mark Earth Day, when the natural environment is the focus.

CITY Parks was out in force, cutting back overgrown grass, cleaning verges and picking up litter on open space during its third Blitz Wednesday.

A CHILDCARE centre in Alexandra has a fruit and vegetable garden that is expected to add to food security for the community.

THERE are aliens in our midst and they must be annihilated – invasive alien plant species, that is, and City Parks is targeting them for removal.

THE City has told owners of vacant land turned into dumping sites that if they don’t clean up their rubbish, City Parks will – and send them the bill.

THE community turned out en masse in Kingston Frost Park for the unveiling of artworks that spell out the name of the venue in an initiative that drew in youth, artists and other residents.

INFRASTRUCTURE development and upgrading was top of the list in the mayor's state of the city, during which he also looked at Joburg’s progress.

A FOOD garden at Kanana Primary School will supply fresh fruit and vegetables to the school’s feeding scheme, adding to children’s nutrition.

CONSERVATION is the name of the water game. It is vital for survival, and it is scarce – saving water is the message of the week.

PEOPLE flocked to be the first to try out the outdoor gym in a Soweto park, where anyone can keep fit for free. First on the cross trainer was the mayor.

A GABION was built at Dorothy Nyembe Environmental Education Centre when the City marked World Wetlands Day.

THE value of wetlands to the world is the focus of World Wetlands Day. This year, the theme is "Responsible tourism supports wetlands and people".

AN outdoor gym is being installed at Petrus Molefe Eco-Park, where people will be able to train and keep fit, all for free.

WITH the hot, wet weather, there has been an explosion of growth in Joburg, prompting City Parks to tackle overgrown grass and foliage.

OVERGROWN grass will be cut each Tuesday over the next eight weeks, when all City Parks staff in Region E will be devoted to the task.

CITY Parks is again challenging its employees and zoo staff to get fit and healthy and lose unwanted kilos in its second Biggest Loser competition.

JOHANNESBURG City Parks is hard at work tackling the seasonal maintenance backlog caused by recent heavy rains.

JOHANNESBURG has had an exciting 2011, with a new team running the city. As the year winds down, it's a good time to take stock of how well we are doing – and outline plans for the future.

Holidays are the perfect time to make the most of the City’s many parks: you can relax outdoors, picnic, watch big-screen television or ramble along selected walks.