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Spruit Day

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SPRUIT DAY 2017 IN REVIEW

Dear Blairfolk,

On behalf of all of the participating Residents Associations, special interest groups and Spruit Day volunteers, we express appreciation to Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) and the various COJ Departments for their wonderful support of Spruit Day 2017. 

This year, over 700 volunteers spent time on the Spruit making a difference by cleaning up litter, removing alien vegetation, planting trees and installing bollards. There were 17 different meeting points along the Montgomery Spruit, Braamfontein Spruit, Sandspruit and at various points on the Jukskei and Klein Jukskei Rivers. We are so proud of the great turnout this year and are certain that next year will have a greater reach.  The BCA joined up with both the Old Parktonians Sports Club (Old Parks) and the Craighall Residents Association (CRA) where we focused on planting 80 trees donated by JCPZ along the Spruit below Old Parks and cleaning up loads of litter there too.  Much has been achieved with still much work to be done!  It’s wonderful to see as this event grows annually since it’s inception in 2013 with more and more residents and residents associations becoming involved to clean up sections of the river(s) in their neighbourhood!  Increasingly, more resident’s associations are looking at ways to sustain their efforts of maintaining their sections of the Spruit and keeping them relatively litter free!

 

Please see the presentation thanking Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo for their support containing a few photos from some of the meeting points on Spruit Day 2017 – CLICK HERE

 

 

 

SPRUIT DAY 2016 IN REVIEW

Thank you for the awesome turn out to Spruit Day 2016 and for your unbelievable energy! As every year, it was a whopping success! The colder weather did not stop over fifty volunteers from picking up rubbish and making improvements to our beautiful section of the Braamfontein Spruit. We collected about 50 full bags of rubbish! Along with the volunteers, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo sent out teams to help assist in the cleaning and upgrading process.

Thank you also to Victory Park CAP security for looking after us all and to the tireless efforts of the Spruit Day organising team and the brand partners for their kind donations.

Spruit Day is an annual campaign in its third year that is organised by volunteers which had weekly meetings to co-ordinate this event. The campaign stretches along the Braamfontein Spruit mainly and involves residents associations which border the river. The campaign took six months to prepare to ensure that hundreds of people attend. During the day hundreds of bags of rubbish were removed from the sites.

Blairgowrie residents joined up with Craighall Park residents and cleaned the stretch around the end of Zonda Ave (south-east border of Delta Park).

As the event grows each year, more and more residents get inspired to continue keeping the spruit cleaner and better maintained. The BCA’s Spruit Initiative is ongoing covering the Blairgowrie Border section of the river (sponsored by the BCA, some of the surrounding businesses and a handful of residents), so it is wonderful to see this approach being adopted by other resident's associations in various forms as well.  We would also like to once again take this opportunity to thank Carmen Stuart for her continued efforts in managing the BCA Spruit Initiative and Percy Dhlomo for doing a sterling job in maintaining the Blairgowrie section of the Spruit too!

Spruit Day is designed to raise awareness around keeping our waterways in a good state, given that water is an increasingly precious resource with the added benefit of attracting some of the wildlife back, especially bird life. We have seen strong evidence of this happening along certain sections of the spruit where a lot of effort is going into maintaining these sections.  Other positive side effects are that numerous people from all communities are using the park areas along the Spruit for recreational activities ranging from cycling, running, walking, picnics, guided bird tours etc in a generally safe environment.

Thanks to everyone who made the time to join us for 2 hours on the day to make a difference in our community!  Our Suburb, Our Home!

     

      

 

 

SPRUIT DAY 2015 IN REVIEW

19 SEPTEMBER

The annual Spruit Day 2015 was held on Saturday, 19th September for the second year running with some 16 Resident’s Association’s participating in the activities on the day which ranged from planting trees, installing dustbins and of course clearing loads of litter from the Braamfontein Spruit and the Klein Jukskei.

Blairgowrie residents participated in 3 activities. We planted 10 trees along the Spruit area off Wendy Avenue and joined up with the Craighall Residents Association (CRA) to remove litter from the Spruit section off Marlborough Avenue. A group of cyclists, amongst others cleaned up from Conrad Drive bridge moving towards Jan Smuts Avenue bridge and beyond.

 

The turnout in some areas was much stronger than in others. Overall however, 200 indigenous trees were planted which were kindly donated and delivered by Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), 10 dustbins were donated by Pick ‘n Pay and were installed and JCPZ arranged for 30 Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP) workers to assist where most needed and provided large trucks and staff to load and remove all the massive volumes of litter that had been collected on the day in the various locations!  

Tuffy and others such as the Blairgowrie Spar and West Pack Express donated refuse bags and gloves. ADT Security and CSS Tactical provided security on the day too!

A hugely successful day with many residents’ associations now being inspired to continue with keeping the Spruit along their borders better maintained on an ongoing basis of which the BCA already has such a program in place!  

Spruit Day is designed to raise awareness around keeping our waterways in a good state, given that water is an increasingly precious resource and also to attract some of the wildlife back, especially bird life. We have seen strong evidence of this happening along certain sections of the Spruit where a lot of effort is going into maintaining these sections.  Other positive side effects are that numerous people from all communities are using the Park areas along the Spruit for recreational activities ranging from cycling, running, walking, picnics, guided bird tours etc in a generally safe environment.

 

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 Have a look at what happened at last year’s Spruit Day:

      Thank you to everyone who helped make Spruit Day 2014 such a success.

       Read more about it here in the Northcliff/Melville Times.

      

Like the Spruit Day Facebook page for more pictures, updates and for reminders about the next Spruit Day.

Click on the image below to watch the video

The big clean up...

  

  

Images from the Northcliff/Melville Times

 

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