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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 saw the Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) in partnership with safety and security stakeholders, non-governmental organisations, media partners and various tiers of government including the Department of Public Enterprise launch the My Park, My City campaign on at the newly revamped Diepsloot Park in the north of Joburg.

The campaign is aimed at driving public focus on gender violence by helping communities take ownership of their neighbourhoods in a fun and healthy project. My Parks My City builds towards safer, fitter and healthier communities and is set against the backdrop of unacceptable levels of violence against women and children. The projects aim to encourage women to nurture healthy lifestyles by using public parks as sites of activism.

Apart from leisure facilities, Joburg's parks are designed with well-equipped free-to-use public gyms in areas where access to traditional gyms is limited due to financial constraints.

The high profile event led by poet and gender activist, Ms Lebo Mashile and fitness guru with access to over 200 fitness trainers, Mr Ronald Abvajee, includes classes in self-defence and a motivational talk.

Having symbolically launched in Diepsloot, an area that has witnessed a recent spate of violence launch, the programme is halfway through its course. Among the seven parks that have hosted My Parks My City is the largest park in the Joburg CBD, Joubert Park, as the programme continues its path across the city. The journey will culminate with Generations actress Anga Makubalo, leading a Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the most number of people simultaneously participating in a self-defence class.

The record breaking event takes place on the lawns of Zoo Lake in Saxonwold on Saturday, 7 December from 10:00 to 12:00 and partners are urging residents to come out in their numbers to combat gender-based crimes. A target of 3000 participants is required to break the world record.

Details for the final three dates and parks, including the programme’s world record breaking attempt are:


Thu 5 Dec 2013

Kremetart &Banksia street
X:26° 17' 52.577" S
Y:27° 54' 47.086" E

Fri 6 Dec 2013

X:26° 29' 40.674" S
Y:27° 52' 46.887" E

Sat 7 Dec 2013

Cnr Lower Park & Jan Smuts
X:26° 9' 33.390" S
Y:28° 1' 51.667" E