John du Plessis, Issued 25 September 2017
The City of Joburg (CoJ) has commenced with planned upgrades on the Upper Jukskei River, with the latest CoJ budget making R5 million available for this project, for the establishment of a greenbelt park in Alexandra. Area rehabilitation experts Plantwise were appointed to construct the park, which started with the stabilisation of the river banks, planting indigenous trees and installing playground equipment, as well as building a 5-a-side indoor football court, an outdoor (tennis?) court and a cycle path. The results are truly excellent!
|Plantwise Site Manager – Riaan||Bank stabilisation using gabions|
|Indoor 5 a side soccer||Park and cycle path|
Unfortunately, the Jukskei River itself and the river bank opposite the development is in a sorry state. The banks are eroded, illegal dumping threatens previous stabilisation and the river is littered and foul with sewerage.
|Eroded and unstable banks||Illegal dumping into the river||Sewerage and litter fouls the river|
Mr Pule Makena of City Parks hopes that the residents will use and take ownership of the new park facilities and that in turn, this will encourage a sense of pride that leads to a clean-up of this section of the Jukskei.
Further upgrades are planned for other sites on the Jukskei River, but are constrained by the available budgets. This is an opportunity for private companies and individuals to come together and assist in addressing the problems.
Come on Joburg let’s work together to fix the Jukskei and make it a living resource!