Spruit rehabilitation meeting
22 September 2016
Marks Park Bowling Club
Initiative from the city
Public participation process
Private company to facilitate this process NTC environmental services ( facilitator)
Mandla- Maragela consulting engineers presented assessment
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:
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.
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
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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