This year, Khuthaza Foundation took part in its first Spruit Day. We had the privilege to host this year’s event together with Sheerguard and the Klein Jukskei Greenbelt Initiative. We focused on the Klein Jukskei River, especially in the Robyn Park area. We were joined by 35 volunteers who took part in activities such as plogging, tree felling and cleaning up.
Spruit Day is a coordinated rehabilitation, improvement and clean-up of the Braamfontein Spruit. It is an initiative driven by the communities surrounding the area along the spruit. According to founders Samantha Marshall and Kelly-Ann Rock, volunteers help to pick up litter, plant new trees, remove invasive plants that can be harmful to native species along the river, and make ecobricks.
Why have a Spruit Day?
The community-driven initiative was started to create awareness about the need for residents to care for the Braamfontein Spruit, and for the residents of Johannesburg to care for their city and environment.
Samantha Moleta, founder of grocery shop The Refillery added, “We are thrilled to be involved with such a great initiative, with the Spruit clean-up, as it brings the problem home to people who don’t think plastic pollution is as bad as it is because they can’t see it floating in the sea or washed up on remote beaches.”
All community members and organisations are encouraged to join the annual Spruit Day clean-up fun. Bags and gloves are provided; all you need to do is bring yourself, a hat, a bottle of water and sunscreen.
The clean-up usually runs from 8:30am to 1:30pm in surrounding neighborhoods such as Paulshof, Rivonia, Bryanston, Hurlingham, Parkmore, Juskei Park, Lonehill.
If you are interested in getting involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.