Pilot river project ‘cleans up’

2017-01-10 06:01
At the clean-up (from left) Bruce (Briardene Youth Centre), Dorothy Simamane (community member), Eco-champs Silindile Sithole, Nomfundo Nala, Thandeka Dube, Silindile Bhengu, Nokuthula Mkhize, (right), Jonas Strasser (Briardene Youth Centre), and (front) Hebert Chamane (left, uMngeni Estuary Conservancy) and ‘Ou Bert’ a community member. PHOTO: supplied

At the clean-up (from left) Bruce (Briardene Youth Centre), Dorothy Simamane (community member), Eco-champs Silindile Sithole, Nomfundo Nala, Thandeka Dube, Silindile Bhengu, Nokuthula Mkhize, (right), Jonas Strasser (Briardene Youth Centre), and (front) Hebert Chamane (left, uMngeni Estuary Conservancy) and ‘Ou Bert’ a community member. PHOTO: supplied

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CLEAN-UPS were recently conducted by the Eco-champs and ARPP1 team in the Area nine section of the Ndunduma part of Clermont community.
According to community liaison officer Thozeka Ntlukwane, there was some volunteer assistance from community members and more than 100 plastic bags were filled with refuse from alongside 33rd and 31st Avenues sites within the community in particular MaMyeza’s Dump, in and alongside the river, and in the tributary in this section of Ndunduma.
“More than 10 waste plastic bags were filled with disposable nappies from one informal bush dumping site. Two containers of used motor vehicle oil were found dumped in the bush.
“Durban Solid Waste assisted with tools and vehicles to remove the filled plastics bags.
“The disposable nappies are a very serious problem as they do not bio-degrade and contain chemicals that should not end up in the river.
“The nappies are also disposed of in the toilets and these end up causing blockages in the sewerage pipes. When the pipes block then the sewage ends up in the river making the river very unhealthy.”

The Eco-champs will be involved in on-going education programmes in the community to explain the importance of improving the health of the Aller River.
Councillor Mfana Qwabe said he actively supports this project, which relies heavily on communities that live and work along the Aller River to work together to solve the problem of ecological degradation.
Qwabe stressed the importance of a healthy environment for people to live in.
“The contamination in our rivers and the sea is because of us humans so we need to take responsibility for our rivers and streams and make sure our birds, animals and communities have clean healthy river water.”

- Supplied.


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