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spruitday3GET ready for Spruit Day on 7 June 2014!

Residents of Johannesburg will soon have a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to their environment, by participating in a massive clean-up of the Braamfontein Spruit, which is taking place on Saturday 7 June 2014.

SPRUIT DAY 2014 is a one-day event that is aimed at increasing awareness of the Spruit and providing an opportunity for the public to come and make a difference by cleaning a section of the Spruit. The campaign is a partnership between concerned citizens, the City of Joburg, City Parks, Pikitup, local Residents Associations, various interest groups and youth representatives such as Cubs and Scouts. SPRUIT DAY 2014 is also being supported by Miss Earth South Africa and Greenpeace Africa, with sponsorship from ADT, ER24 and Imperial Green Motion.

spruitday2SPRUIT DAY 2014 complements the wonderful efforts of the groups, communities, clubs and volunteers who have through the years been doing valuable work along the Spruit, removing refuse and pollution, maintaining features of the Spruit and repairing eroded areas.

On 7 June 2014: All residents, businesses, cycling clubs, walking and running clubs and schools are welcome and encouraged to get involved by helping to clean up the Braamfontein Spruit. Clean-up activities will start at 7am on Saturday morning along a 25km stretch of the Spruit and will carry on until approximately 3pm in the afternoon. Meeting points have been arranged by each Residents Association in areas along the course of the Spruit, where instructions and equipment such as refuse bags will be provided. Pikitup and the City of Joburg will be on hand to remove the collected refuse and litter.

DELTA PARK: In addition, a host of exciting and informative activities for the entire family will be taking place at Delta Park in Blairgowrie at the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary during the course of the day. Highlights include:

  • A presentation from environmental organisation Greenpeace Africa.
  • Talks from Miss Earth ambassadors on the role of the Miss Earth SA programme, the importance of World Environment Day and our responsibilities as citizens of planet Earth.
  • Presentations from renowned environmental experts Geoff Lockwood, Ella Roberts and Tim Heartwright.

Participating areas for SPRUIT DAY 2014*:

AREA ORGANISER MEETING POINT CONTACT PERSON CONTACT DETAILS
Parkhurst Parkhurst Residents and Business Owners Association 12 Street Bridge, Parkhurst Tarryn Munro tarryn.munro@gmail.com
Craighall Park Scouts, 1st Rosebank At the Blue Bridge from Marlborough Ave, Craighall Park Greg Chamberlin gregoryc@telkomsa.net
083 442 3086
Oerder Park (Jan Smuts Ave to Old Parks) Sue Wilson Old Parks Sue Wilson sue.wil@telkomsa.net
082 610 2103
Craighall Craighall Residents Association Craighall Scout Hall Sue Wilson
Brendon Wolff-Piggott
brendonwp@gmail.com
083 285 0930
Blairgowrie Gail Jelley Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary Gail Jelley gailjelley@telkomsa.net
Parkmore Parkmore Community Association Field and Study Park Brian Robertson manager@parkmore.org.za
083 269 6450
Bordeaux Bordeaux South Residents Association      
Willowild/ Hurlingham Ext.5 Pauline Sparks Chardonnay Park Pauline Sparks  
Bryanston East Bryanston East Community Forum Meeting Point 1: Riverside Park (opposite Riverside Shopping Centre)
Meeting Point 2: 1st Bryanston Scout Hall, West Hertford Rd (c/r St Audley St)
Ian Tumiel admin@becf.co.za
011 234 2175
Friends of Rietfontein Margo Bansda Capricorn Road, Paulshof West near the Matrix entrance Margo Bansda mrbansda@netzero.com
079 163 4354

* Information correct at time of going to press. Please contact area representative to confirm meeting points and times.

About the Braamfontein Spruit:

spruitday1The Braamfontein Spruit rises in Hillbrow, as a spring. It flows northwards and is joined by the Montgomery and Westdene Spruits below Emmarentia Dam. It continues through Victory Park, Parkhurst, Craighall Park, Craighall, Glenadrienne and Bryanston, and joins the Klein Jukskei in Sunninghill. Together they join the Jukskei at Leeukop and continue to the Crocodile River, which flows into the Hartebeespoort Dam. Ultimately, it is one of the tributaries of the Limpopo River.

The Braamfontein Spruit and its lovely surrounding parkland areas are used by hikers, dog walkers, cyclists, bird watchers, commuters and many others on a daily basis. It is a magnificent asset to the people of Johannesburg and is part of our natural and environmental heritage. It is home to a multitude of wildlife and indigenous trees and together, we all need to play our part in maintaining and protecting this beautiful feature of our city.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Media Relations contact:
Margo Bansda
082 552 0454
mrbansda@netzero.com

For more information contact:
Natalie Zimmelman
082-331-7846
environment@parkhurst.org.za
OR
Kerry Mawson
suncommunity@iafrica.com

For JHB City Parks contact:
Jenny Moodley
jmoodley@jhbcityparks.com

For donations towards expenses incurred on the day contact:
Natalie Zimmelman
nataliez@saica.co.za

For youth groups or schools wishing to participate contact:
Greg Chamberlin
gregoryc@telkomsa.net