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Will Waterfall Save The Jukskei?
Article by VeldTalk
A filthy river, a wealthy estate, an impoverished community and a woman with vision? A strange combination indeed but one that could produce a miracle.
The river is the Jukskei, oozing through the garbage in Alexandra township and from there through the glamorous Waterfall Country Estate in Midrand. And the woman with vision is Kim Kieser, founder of Water and Environment Transformation (WET), which revives blighted waterways.
Waterfall approached Kim last year to undertake the Jukskei River remediation project with possible funding of up to R12 million.
“Alex produces a million kilograms of waste a day and a third ends up clogging the river,” says Kim. “As soon as I get the final go-ahead I can start. This long-term project envisions teams dredging the contaminated river bed and unemployed women running recycling operations at strategic points in Alex. Waste disposal firms will collect the rubbish and pay a fee to WET. I calculate that if we can capture 100 percent of Alex’s waste that is recyclable, we can generate an estimated R148 million a year,” she says. “We’ll also be targeting sewage - producing biogas - and will turn rubble into building materials.”
But the project can’t be limited to Alex. It won’t help if the Jukskei is cleaned in Alex and then gets polluted again in Diepsloot. The involvement of other estates, communities, industries and local government is needed.
Other estates along the Jukskei? Mmmmm…Steyn City, Dainfern, Monaghan Farm come to mind. And then there’s Blair Atholl on the Crocodile River….