Princess Vlei will be cleaned

2019-01-22 06:00
Princess Vlei covered in hyacinth.

Princess Vlei covered in hyacinth.

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Ward 72 councillor Kevin Southgate would like to assure residents that Princess Vlei will be cleaned very soon.

Many residents have been complaining about the overgrown hyacinth in the vlei and they say they want that attended to immediately.

Southgate says Princess Vlei has not been cleaned for some time because the weed harvester machine that cleans the vlei was in for repairs and they also didn’t want to disturb the breeding season for the leopard toad.

The toads are only associated with water for a limited period while they are breeding.

For the remainder of the year the toads frequent their foraging areas which comprise mainly suburban gardens. The toads are faithful to their breeding sites which are usually vleis, stormwater detention ponds or sections of slow-flowing rivers

“This is a matter that is receiving attention. I am in constant contact with the [Recreation and Parks] Department regarding the maintenance of the vlei.

“I again visited the vlei as part of my routine ward inspection and noted the condition of the prevailing conditions. The weed-harvester belts have been serviced and are ready to be fitted for maintenance to begin,” says Southgate.

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