Friends of the Falls giving Howick heritage site a make-over

2010-06-02 00:00

A GROUP of Howick businesses have joined forces in a campaign to clean up local heritage site Howick Falls to avoid “bringing Mandela’s name into disrepute” during the Fifa World Cup.

Campaign organiser Stan Goodenough said a number of Howick businesses have formed a Friends of the Falls club in order to clean, repair and beautify the Howick Falls site, which “has been neglected for a long time”.

Goodenough said the club comprises the Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust (Duct), Graham May Garden Services, Steve’s Home Repairs, Landscaping and Designs, Spirit of Adventure, KZN Skal International, Midlands Meander Association, Amafa KwaZulu-Natal Heritage and the uMngeni Municipality.

He said all club members will contribute according their expertise in their quest to weed out alien plants and trees, collect waste that is caught on bushes down the Howick Falls gorge and in the river, work on the gardens on nearby business sites and repair information boards, toilets and ceilings.

Goodenough told The Witness the idea to form the club was born out of growing concern from individuals and organisations who complained about the filthy state of the tourist attraction.

“Tour companies in Durban even vowed never to bring tourists any more if the place remains filthy,” he said.

“This site was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in 1996 and it should be kept spotless. It’s a disgrace to have something with Mandela’s name that’s not immaculate.”

Goodenough said the campaign has attracted massive support from individual community members since its inception three weeks ago.

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