Cleaning brings life

2015-09-15 06:00
Volunteers say they take the time to clean the banks of the Liesbeek River as they believe the river holds many treasures of natural life.

Volunteers say they take the time to clean the banks of the Liesbeek River as they believe the river holds many treasures of natural life.

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Carol Thomson of the Friends of the Rosebank and Mowbray Greenbelt believes that the Liesbeek River has so many treasures, that’s why it must be kept clean all the time.

The Friends of the Liesbeek and the Friends of the Rosebank and Mowbray Greenbelt cleaned the river for the 25th time on Saturday last week.

A least 28 bags of litter were filled with various things that were picked up along the banks and in the river from the pedestrian bridge next to the N2 to the River Club bridge. Thomson says people removed a computer and a wheelie bin from the river.

She adds that after the day’s work the river looked beautiful.

“You see the butterflies, bees and dragonflies. Cleaning the river is so important for the environment and there is a lot that comes to live when the river is cleaned. It’s also important that the health of the river is maintained. When we do that we can reap the benefits of everything as it blooms and it’s so exquisite, enhancing human life as well. Apart from that people use that path close to the river to go to work and it just gives a good impression and positiveness when the river looks clean,” she says.

The cleanup is also an opportunity for networking.

“You meet a lot of people there and they are all volunteers who do many different, wonderful things. We talk about a lot of things. We get to learn from each other as people come from different backgrounds, so it’s just not about cleaning the river,” she says.

Since the monthly cleanups are going so well, they are planning to have a huge cleanup to clean the whole river up to Durban Road.


Those who want to participate in the monthly cleanup can contact Sybrand Strauss on 071 067 1962 or

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