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Spruit rehabilitation meeting

22 September 2016

Marks Park Bowling Club

 

Introduction 

Initiative from the city 

Public participation process

Private company to facilitate this process NTC environmental services ( facilitator)

Mandla- Maragela consulting engineers presented assessment 

 

Overview 

Legislation allows for water resources to be decentralized and managed at a catchment level

The area under discussion is the Braamfontein area within main roads of N1 ring road , M2 and M 1

The process started with desktop studies which included wetland assessment and the hydrology of the riverine environment. 

It was identified during this process that certain sites require permission to do work on - environmental authorization process. This meeting forms part of that process that requires that there be public participation.

The environment under assessment is underpinned by the "halfway house" granite dome. It is unstable and susceptible to erosion 

 

Selection of priority sites:

Considered what the city owned

What is important to the ecology

Connection to park areas 

Accessibility- overall aim is public benefit

 

For our purposes - Craighall

Where Jan Smuts meets Conrad drive 

Along Athole road. Currently an open space. Not yet a park. Only the area on each side of the river adjacent to Jan Smuts. Not running all the way to  the waterfall. 

Concerns with the area:

Erosion

Dumping

Build up of sediment

Sediment islands forming

Electricity pylons exposed

 

Proposed riverbank stabilization for Craighall 

Protection of pylons with gabion boxes 

Widen and slope the bank so can allow vegetation to grow

Shape and Grass the storm water trenches with common plant species (poacea)

Formalize the pathway next to the channel 

Depth of channel is too shallow 

In short: Propose rehabilitating the river area and placing park benches and signs to prevent littering.

Concerns

How does this account for the human element such as squatters ?

How does this account for the polluted water  and sewerage?

How does this account for acid mine drainage ?

City storm water run off by laws are being ignored. 

Manholes get blocked and sewerage over spills remains unattended for a week or more at a time

Dumping happens where there is vehicle access to the green belt 

Need to get people to get onto area so that it can I create awareness 

 

Conclusion

This is an assessment of the physical condition of the river area. It does not take into consideration the issues that cause the damage. Eg waste, squatters, dumping etc. The proposals are aimed at remediation of the state of the river bed and banks. 

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