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Spruit Day clean-up a success

Bryanston – Spruit Day annual clean-up a success as residents come out in numbers to modify their park and learn more about the environment.


It was a beautiful sunny day as Bryanston residents came out in numbers for the annual Spruit Day Clean-up which spanned across 18 different locations on 19 October. The annual event saw residents pick up litter along the riverine area while also removing alien invasive plants.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo members were also present to help residents plant new trees at the east of the riverine where the 1st Bryanston Scouts collaborated with the Bryanston East Community Forum.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo members come out to assist Bryanston East Community to plant trees. Photo: Gift Tlou

Leader of the Bryanston East Community Forum Iam Tumiel expressed his gratitude to Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo. “We’re very grateful to have received such wonderful trees to plant and make the spruit look even more attractive and I’m happy with the turnout and the residents who came out in numbers. This is our environment, taking part in these initiatives is of utmost importance.”

Audrey Ncube and Shayla Heering pick up litter. Photo: Gift Tlou


1st Fourways Scout Group members gather to assist at the Spruit Day Clean-up. Photo: Gift Tlou

Seven Scout groups under the Sandton district also got their hands dirty with the clean-up, while school learners were also able to register and claim the hours worked towards their community service requirements.

Res Ncube helps plant a tree in the Spruit Day Clean-up. Photo: Gift Tlou

1st Bryanston Scout representative Gary Pienaar said, “We are happy to have members from the seven Scout groups under the Sandton district coming out to assist in the Spruit Day Clean-up today. Scouts is all about community, teaching life skills, teaching values and more importantly engaging the community. We have to take responsibility and respect our environment and look after it.”

Melani Doors, Blake Lombard and Debby Lombard say no to litter. Photo: Gift Tlou

Rivonia-based water and environmental consultancy, GCS, joined residents on the corner of Bryanston Drive and River Road where they conducted an aquatic assessment with the use of technological resources. GCS CEO outlined the importance of the aquatic assessment, “The water assessment went very well and this is very helpful because it provides us with better information so that we are able to rehabilitate the spruit.”

Rebbeca Nettleton and Hope Nettleton look after their environment. Photo: Gift Tlou

It will take five days for the outcome of the assessment to be studied.

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