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FORTUNE seekers and veterans are buried at New Roodepoort Cemetery, which has been taking Joburg's dead for over half a century.

CITY Parks has completed another extreme park, this time expanding the renamed Petrus Molefe Eco Park in Soweto.

AN extreme park extension will be established at Dhlamini Eco-Park, and the enlarged green space will be renamed Petrus Molefe Eco-Park.

IT has been dry for 12 years, but water is again flowing in the restored Rissik Street fountain, softening the inner city bricks and mortar surrounding it.

THE City is a signatory of the Durban Climate Change Adaptation Charter, which binds municipalities around the world to climate smart development.

AN innovative park, the Rose Street Stimulation Park, has opened, with play equipment and pathways specifically designed for disabled children.

WORLD leaders are gathering in Durban for the next few days for COP 17, and Joburgers are urged to show their support by wearing green.

JOZI has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions in South Africa, is the lowest electricity consumer and has the second largest amount of green space in Africa.

IT'S been all about exercise and healthy eating at City Parks over the past few months, as staff have worked to lose the excess kilos and boost their health.

A VEGETABLE garden at Inkwenkwezi Primary School will help put food on the table for the children, as well as improve environmental literacy.

WEST Park Cemetery is a lush and treed resting place, where the purple jacaranda blooms offer solace to mourners.

ROSE Park in Lenasia is changing – a public private partnership has raised funds to build a recreational space designed with disabled children in mind.

PARK rangers and police are raiding inner city parks, arresting criminals and making sure by-laws are obeyed with a view to safety over the festive season.

STRIKING miners, union leaders and rich Randlords end up sharing common ground in death at Brixton Cemetery, which holds their graves of the city founders.

THE effects of global warming and climate change were raised in Orange Farm, where City departments handed out energy efficient light bulbs and trees along with information.

THE ashes of Antarctic explorer Frank Wild have been found, and will be taken on a symbolic final adventure, to be placed in South Georgia, in the icy South Atlantic.

IN the run-up to COP 17, the City is launching a climate change awareness campaign to educate its residents about the issue.

IT was more than nine weeks in the making, but the Joburg 2040 Growth and Development Strategy has been written and is ready to guide the city to the next level.

POTHOLES have been fixed and the roads resurfaced at Avalon Cemetery. This is expected to ease the traffic congestion at the graveyard.

AFTER nine weeks, the City has collated all comments from its residents and other players, and will launch its Joburg 2040 strategy in an extravaganza on 20 October.

JOBURG will send a team of speakers to the Institute of Environment and Recreation Management convention, where they will speak about the City's projects.

FANS at Joubert Park who watched the Wallabies knock out the Springboks blamed over-confidence on the part of the local squad.

THE GREENHOUSE Project is building an environmentally friendly, sustainable haven in Joubert Park. It uses earth building practices and permaculture.

A DRIVING range is being installed at Soweto’s Dorothy Nyembe Park, the most recent in a series of upgrades to the park undertaken over the past eight years.

IN its contribution to the mayor's 90-day Accelerated Service Delivery Plan, metro police has charged over 10 000 motorists while it cracks down on enforcing all the City's by-laws.

WANGARI Maathai was a force of nature, and her memory will live on in the many trees planted and lives changed through her determination.

CITY Parks scooped the Green Collar Training Award and AgriSETA National Excellence Award in September in recognition of their efforts to develop skills and create employment, especially among the youth.

THE city's heavy ecological footprint as well as tensions between economic and human development and the use of natural resources were discussed at the first session of Johannesburg's Growth and Development Strategy week.

STUDENTS from the Leeuwkop Prison School celebrated Arbor Day by helping Johannesburg City Parks workers to plant 67 Jacket Plum trees in Sunninghill.

LOOK at Joburg through green-tinted lenses; take a picture and send it to City Parks. There will be monthly winners and a coffee table book.