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Joburg City Parks and Zoo is joining residents' associations across the city to clean up the Braamfontein Spruit on World Environment Day, Saturday 7 June.

A clean litter-free Braamfontein SpruitThe big clean-up starts at 7amCommunities along Johannesburg's Braamfontein Spruit will gather on Saturday 7 June to clean up the river and commemorate World Environment Day 2014. The clean-up activities will start at 7am along a 25km stretch of the spruit, and continue until 3pm in the afternoon.

The clean-up has been organised by local residents' associations and community organisations working closely with Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, and is supported by Miss Earth South Africa, Greenpeace Africa, ADT, ER24 and Imperial Green Motion.

Margo Bansda, spokesperson for the campaign, said Spruit Day 2014 is aimed at publicising the spruit and its recreational value, and is an opportunity for Joburgers to make a difference in their environment, in the spirit of World Environment Day. World Environment Day, a United Nations campaign, is an annual global event in which ordinary people can make their contribution to preserving the natural environment.

Bansda said the organisations involved chose to clean the Braamfontein Spruit because it runs through many communities in Johannesburg; "We have to learn to keep the spruit clean because it is the source of our history and life," she said.

She said meeting points have been arranged at areas along the spruit, where clean-up participants can pick up refuse bags and receive instructions. Pikitup and the City will be on hand to remove the collected refuse and litter.

The Braamfontein Spruit

The big clean-up starts at 7amThe campaign involves local residents' associations, community organisations and Johannesburg City Parks and ZooThe Braamfontein Spruit is home to a multitude of wildlife and indigenous trees and is the longest stream in Johannesburg. It originates in Greymont in Roodepoort, rises in Hillbrow as a spring and flows northwards where it is joined by the Montgomery and Westdene spruits below Emmarentia Dam. It continues through Victory Park, Parkhurst, Craighall Park, Glenadrienne and Bryanston and joins the Klein Jukskei in Sunninghill. It joins the Jukskei at Leeukop and continues to the Crocodile River, which flows into the Hartebeespoort Dam.  It is also one of the tributaries of the Limpopo River.

The spruit is popular with residents, and hikers, dog walkers, cyclists, bird watchers, and commuters travel along its banks throughout the day.

"Spruit day 2014 complements the wonderful efforts of the groups, communities, clubs and volunteers who have through the years been doing valuable work along the spruit, removing refuse and pollution, maintaining features of the spruit and repairing eroded areas," said Bansda.

"We all need to play our part in maintaining and protecting this beautiful feature of the city, advised the Managing Director of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo. Adding that, “healthy environmental spaces is a good indicator of the level of ownership and pride communities take in caring for their neighbourhoods”.

Nelana thanked the champions who are driving the clean-up and commended the many residents, schools and environmental groups that will be participating in the initiative.

For more information or to participate in the clean-up, contact Margo Bansda on 082 552 0454 or email her at; email Joburg City Parks and Zoo spokesperson, Jenny Moodley, on; or email Greg Chamberlin on

Participating areas for Spruit Day 2014 are as follows:



Meeting Point

Contact Person

Contact Details




Lauren Hegele/
Salman Khan/

Bordeaux South Residents Association



James Cullen

Delta Park

Natalie Zimmelman


Natalie Zimmerman


Parkhurst Residents and Business Owners Association

12 Street Bridge


Tarryn Munro

Craighall Park

1st Scouts, Rosebank

At the Blue Bridge from Marlborough

Avenue, Craighall Park

Greg Chamberlin

083 442 3086

Oerder Park (Jan Smuts Avenue to Old Parks

Sue Wilson

Old Parks

Sue Wilson

082 610 2103


Craighall Residents Association

Craighall Scout Hall

Sue Wilson



083 285 0930


Gail Jelley

Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary

Gail  Jelley


Parkmore Community Association

Field and Study Centre

Brian Robertson

083 269 6450


Bordeaux South Residents Association




Willowwild/Hurlingham Extension 5

Pauline Sparks

Chardonnay Park

Pauline Sparks[AN2] 


Bryanston East

Bryanston East Community Forum

Meeting Point 1:

River Side Park

(Opposite Riverside Shopping Centre)

Meeting Point 2: 1st Bryanston Scout Hall, West Hertford Road (cnr Audley St)

Ian Tumiel

(011) 234 2175

Friends of Rietfontein

Margo Bansda

Capricorn Road, Paulshof West near the Matrix entrance

Margo Bansda

079 163 4354


The Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary at Delta Environmental Centre in Delta Park, Blairgowrie, is also hosting exciting activities for the family on World Environment Day. Contact the centre on
011 888 4831 or email for more information.