Over the years there have been a number of initiatives to restore the Kaalspruit and Hennops River. Some of these have not proceeded, others have.
On the whole, despite all of these initiatives, there has not been an improvement in the condition of the Kaalspruit or the Hennops.
To be successful, these initiatives need to be integrated, funded and supported.
Below is a list of the initiatives, with comments on progress:
Fountains and rivers environmental sanctuary - Hennops
PROPOSAL FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THE HENNOPS RIVER
Saving the primal freshwater nature of human origin –
the Birthplace of Humankind
The aims of the project introduced in this brochure is to create a wildlife sanctuary and to connect isolated reserves via a nature corridor that traverses the length of the Hennops River. The park will be a model for inter-boundary co-operation between municipal areas, as it will form a part of North-west province, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Mogale City, with the largest section in Tshwane.
Johannesburg Water has also been actively involved in repairing of failing sewer infrastructure, conducting preventative maintenance and engaging in educational awareness programs in the Ivory Park area over the last three financial years to inform the residents on the correct use of the sewer infrastructure.
OLIFANTSFONTEIN REHABILITATION PLAN
The estimated cost of this project is about R250 million. The project will require ongoing maintenance. There is uncertainty as to whether there will be sufficient funding for the project. The initiative is planned to have 2 phases: phase 1 to construct the river channel (about 2-3 years), and phase 2 to construct the off-channel wetlands.
We understand that for 2018 Ekurhuleni has budgeted an amount of R 9 million to build a litter and silt trap, or traps, in this area.