Cleaning up Zandvlei
This is what a small shoreline in the
Estuary Nature Reserve looked like after the rains in August 2001.This shoreline
is about 30 meters West from the mouth of the Sand River where it enters
A choked canal, preventing water movement.
This is looking West of the small canal.
This is an inlet and outlet of a canal in the Reserve.
This is looking East of the small canal.
Fortunately there is a mesh grill under the bridge
to prevent the rubbish entering the canal.
Gavin Oliver a Zandvlei Estuary Reserve staff member removing plastic debris and
litter from the banks of Zandvlei. He removed 12 large black bags of soft
plastic packaging, plus many larger items washed ashore.
He could be much more effectively employed if he did not have to clean up the
litter washed down the Sand River.
The Sand River is the greatest polluter of
Zandvlei. The reason is the residential area that the canal flows through has
residents who have to be educated and enlightened not to dump their litter in
the canal. Part of the Educational Task teams job, is to teach the school
children about the consquence of littering.