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2008-03-13: City Parks in partnership with Toyota - Champions National Water Week Clean-up

The quality of wetlands particularly to the north of Joburg and predominantly along the Jukskei River is of concern in the City of Johannesburg. To commemorate National Water Week 2008, Johannesburg City Parks in partnership with Toyota SA will be hosting 240 learners from 4 schools at the newly revamped Diepsloot Park on Tuesday, 18 March from 08:00 to 12:00.

The event is a platform, to highlight the importance of protecting our water bodies and for residents living adjacent to wetlands, to adopt a more nurturing, litter-free attitude, towards the environment.

The learners will be collected from the 4 respective schools at 8:00 to 8.30. They will then be given protective gloves to participate in peripheral litter-picking. City Parks' Environmental Conservation Department is set to work from Monday, 17 March, to clear away all the major litter and invasive plants. The formalities will then follow at 10:30, with the speakers, including the Ward Councillor, MD of City Parks and the Regional Director for the area, urging learners and residents to refrain from littering. The event is on the eve of Human Rights Day, and the speakers will also reinforce that "every child has a right to safe, clean and fun environments- however with this right comes the responsibility, to care for the environment."

Diepsloot as we know it, is predominantly an informal area. City Parks has identified that many children in the area do not have access to safe play areas. Therefore City Parks has re-developed the Diepsloot Park, with a fence, playground equipment, 24-hour security and litter-picking services, and a huge outdoor screen, for learners to view sports, environmental and educational programmes. The park is a hive of activity after school and over weekends, with in excess of 5000 people gathering in the park, during the African Cup of Nations games, to view the soccer.

Township TV, City Parks' partner in the big-screen rollout programme, has also recently erected a screen in Eldorado Park, with 2 more set for Rose Park in Lenasia and the 24-hour Diepkloof XtremePark Makeover, in April and May, respectively.

A media bus is set to depart at 08h00 promptly from Johannesburg City Parks Head Quarters, 6th Floor UCS Building, 209 Smit Street, Braamfontein. Parking for journalist will be available at the Parktonian Parkade off Juta Street.