City makes no ef­fort to stop the pol­lu­tion from flow­ing into Jukskei

The Star Early Edition - - METRO WATCH -

ROD­NEY CRAIG WRITES:

The at­tached pho­to­graphs show the Jukskei River in the Wa­ter­fall area just be­low Wood­mead.

De­spite the best ef­forts along the river of var­i­ous res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tions, es­tate gar­den­ing teams and even vol­un­teers from Keith Kirsten Nurs­ery, the river con­tin­ues to be heav­ily pol­luted, not least with plas­tic waste.

Year af­ter year, as the rains ar­rive, the pol­lu­tion from Alexan­dra, Bruma and other sub­urbs con­tin­ues to pour down the river.

It is an ab­so­lute dis­grace that the City of Joburg has made no ef­fort to pro­vide ad­e­quate fa­cil­i­ties for the res­i­dents of Alex so that the pol­lu­tion lev­els of the Jukskei can at least be cur­tailed.

And, of course, the polic­ing of il­le­gal dis­posal into the river should be done.

Mr Mayor (Herman Mashaba), I in­vite you to come along and maybe bring your fam­ily for a pic­nic lunch by the river to see for your­self.

JOBURG WATER REPLIES:

We have cleared two block­ages, one from May­ibuye Park, where there was a bro­ken pipe.

This was not a big spill, but we have re­paired it.

The other block­age was in Klip­fontein View which has been re­solved.

We have a spill in the Midrand In­dus­trial Es­tate and Paving Ware­house and have re­quested per­mis­sion for un­der-road drilling which is tak­ing long to fi­nalise.

In Midrand, there is pol­lu­tion com­ing from Klip­fontein View and the May­ibuye ar­eas.

There are con­tin­u­ous block­ages which pol­lute the stream through Glen Austin, which then flows into the Jukskei River.

All res­i­dents of the City of Joburg, and es­pe­cially those that are liv­ing close to the Jukskei River, are urged to come ev­ery last week­end of the month on the city clean­ing cam­paign, A Re Se­bet­seng, which was ini­ti­ated and led by Mashaba.

EYE­SORE: The pol­luted Jukskei River in the Wa­ter­fall area just be­low Wood­mead.

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