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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.

Golf is coming to Alexandra in the form of a new driving range, built as a legacy project of the Joburg Open, which begins on 10 January.

Thousands of trees are being planted in Soweto under the award-winning Greening Soweto, aimed at turning the sprawling township into an urban forest ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. And the City is calling on more people to participate.

Johannesburg City Parks and its partners are set to observe World Wetlands Day on 31 Jan and 1 Feb 2008. Key dignitaries will be involved in a clean up campaign along the Klipspruit Catchment, south of Johannesburg. The event will culminate in a formal address by the Deputy Minister for the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in Kliptown on 1 February.

Climate change is being brought home to ordinary Joburgers, who have noticed trees shedding their leaves early and plants flowering out of season, or not flowering at all. In response, planting trees is a small step each resident can take.

Eldorado Park finally lives up to its name, with a lush green space opened for play. It even has a big screen television where people can gather to watch sport or other programmes.

Schoolchildren learned the value of keeping the environment clean when they picked up litter along the Diepsloot wetlands, as part of National Water Week.

Park rangers, driving 4x4s, will now take care of safety and security at Joburg's parks, cemeteries and other green lungs.

City Parks, in partnership with Township TV and other sponsors, is bringing free television entertainment to poorer communities across Joburg. With two up-and-running already, in all seven Township TV sites are planned over the next three years.

The poor suburb of Bram Fischerville now has its own green lung, after Region C and City Parks built an inviting park for the area.

In just 24 hours, a dusty part of Diepkloof will be transformed into a pleasant green oasis, thanks to the hard work of City Parks and its partners.

THE target is to plant 200 000 trees in dry and dusty Soweto by the end of 2010. Already well on the way, City Parks has a number of tree-planting projects on the go.

CITY PARKS has taken ownership of five new mega-mowers. They should make the job of cutting the grass at Joburg parks a whole lot easier.

In just 24 hours, Diepkloof has an inviting green park – with a big screen television to broadcast sport and other interesting programmes – where once was a dusty piece of open land.

WORKERS spent the night digging and planting, racing to meet the deadline for the Diepkloof XtremePark. In just 24 hours, a park is being built.

THE official FIFA-endorsed World Cup fan park has been earmarked for Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, but Joburg has identified a spot in the north and one in the south for similar ventures.