THE old adage “strike while the iron is hot” has been taken to heart on the NCT property Heimwee with management and staff diligently clearing the wattle, bugweed, American bramble and other invasive species growing along the Heinespruit. “The water along this section of the stream is now clearly visible, however, it is very polluted with contaminants entering the water from further upstream,” stated Ed Hayter of NCT. The Heinespruit Clean-up Project, initiated by the Umvoti Agricultural Society, is a community effort to clear the extent of this important watercourse that feeds into the Umvoti River. Landowners through whose land the Heinespruit traverses are being encouraged to start clearing all invasive trees, shrubs and other plants growing along the stream banks and in the stream itself. The purpose of the project is to ensure that the water flows freely from source to the confluence where it feeds into the Umvoti, thereby providing adequate water for users downstream. With a deadline of mid-December for property owners to have initiated clearing of the watercourse, it is hoped that the sterling efforts of the NCT staff will galvanise others to follow suit.