THE waiting is finally over for the Pietermaritzburg community and KwaZulu-Natal Botanical Garden’s visitors as the King Fisher Lake is being rehabilitated. After years of the KZN Botanical Gardens trying to get the lake dredged and rehabilitated, a service provider was appointed in July and they are on site setting up. The site handover was done in the beginning of August and the project has started and it is due to be finished in five months. The lake has been silting up and getting shallower with the process speeding up in the past four years, despite intervention. Its bottom was filled with polluted sediments brought in by stream inflow and the situation wiped some of the resident plant and wildlife.Siphuxolo Ngqasa, the KZN Botanical Gardens Marketing and Communications Officer, said this project will not affect the operation of the garden. “Visitors are asked to bear with us because of the noise from trucks and big machinery that will be used to carry out this project,” said Ngqasa. - Supplied.