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Veldtalk Article 6 Nov 14 - Hennops, Cry For A River

An article by VeldTalk

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Cry for a river

“The Hennops River has gone from a beautiful, clear stream to a filthy sewer in the past 10 years,” says John Ritchie, who has lived on the banks of the river for 32 years.

“I believe that it’s sewage overflow as I have been told there’s a problem at the source of the Hennops.  I also understand there is a discharge from the Sunderland Ridge Industrial Complex which eventually enters the Hennops near Laudium.  I wish there was someone who had the power to do something about this.”

“We recently noticed a large number of fish constantly coming up to the surface for air and then just being washed over the waterfall,” said Kathryn Goetsch, another Hennops resident.  “On further investigation we found that due to the filth in the water washing from Centurion and above after the first rains, the fish literally could not get air.  There were hundreds of them - huge, beautiful fish, some heavily pregnant with eggs.  We managed to catch some of these and put them in our natural spring pond to recuperate. Some died but it seemed that most of those survived. I have no idea how many died in the river.”

Hennops dead fish
 

Hennops River pollution

“The beauty and value of a clear-flowing wild river is priceless,” says Willem Snyman, also a resident.  “There are amazing springs that feed the river, giving it a fairly constant level.  They must be restored and protected.  How can we make people aware what a priceless asset a clean river is?  The tourism and recreational potential of this area is vast, so close to Gauteng’s large cities.  But currently the Hennops is treated as a convenient sewer.”