Keep the Liesbeek clean

2016-08-30 11:32
Two white-breasted cormorants eagerly await the monthly cleaning campaign of the Liesbeek River on Saturday 3 August. Join the Friends of the Liesbeek River in their campaign to keep the environment clean for all bird life around the river.

Two white-breasted cormorants eagerly await the monthly cleaning campaign of the Liesbeek River on Saturday 3 August. Join the Friends of the Liesbeek River in their campaign to keep the environment clean for all bird life around the river. (Gary van Dyk)

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The Friends of the Liesbeek River are hosting their monthly river cleaning day on Sunday 3 August and are calling on volunteers to join them.

Starting at 08:30 they will be meeting in the parking lot in front of the Wild Fig restaurant and cleaning the stretch from the N2 to the River Club.

Kari Cousins from the organisation hosting the event says that Deleon Alexander will be supervising the clean with Kyle Bowman and Sybrand Strauss sponsoring it.

“Drop in any time for an hour or two to help us clean, but do remember to bring gloves and boots that are up to the challenge,” she says.
“It’s a large space so if you don’t see us right away, rest assured – we’re in there somewhere along the banks getting dirty.”

Cousins also adds that if you can’t spare the time yourself this Saturday, consider sponsoring someone to clean on your behalf.

“For R175 you can co-sponsor a clean, effectively paying someone else to do your dirty work at our next clean.
“This is part of our initiative to create jobs for the unemployed where we can pay and feed them on the day.”

Cousins reports that at their August campaign they collected 52 bags of trash, a mattress, duvet and sundry crates.

“We would like to thank everyone who is making this monthly campaign a success,” she says.
“It is held together by a loose connection of organisations and individuals who give up their precious time and money and assist in cleaning up on the first Saturday of every month.
“Organisations like the Observatory Salt River Improvement District (OBSID) and Oude Molen Eco Village make sure that the trash gets to the dump.
“There’s also the Obz Spar who supports us with liquid refreshment and Tuffy who gives us bags for the trash.”

For more information about the activity call Deleon Alexander on 072 893 7893 or send an email to sybrand.strauss@gmail.com.


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