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Klein Jukskei Flows again in Sharonlea

Feedback Report, John du Plessis, Created: Sept 17, 2017 

Residents in Sharonlea, Randburg, north of Johannesburg have been concerned about a massive build-up of trees and other debris against the pilings supporting a water pipeline across the Klein Jukskei Olievenhoutspruit.  This buildup was estimated to have accumulated over a 5 year period and had the potential to damage the pipeline, as well as dam down river. With the rainy season approaching, the Sharonlea Residents Association escalated the problem to City of Joburg. The ensuing clean-up was no small task.

Build-up of trees and other debris against the pilings supporting a water pipeline across the Klein Jukskei





Joburg City Parks responded to the call to assist and came to the rescue by cutting up the tree stumps over a period of weeks. Then came the big day on Saturday 16 September 2017 on Spruitday 2017, where over 80 residents climbed in to help clear the debris, using chainsaws and their own vehicles to remove tree stumps. Pickitup also pitched in to remove the mess. A remarkable success was achieved, thanks to the participation and joint efforts of all. It shows what can be achieved from public and private working together. Well done to all involved. 

City Parks cut logs into pieces

Residents removed trees stumps

The results