Tembisans On a Clean-Up Campaign of Hennops River

There are a number of people who talk about living green and taking care of the environment, yet they don’t have their boots on the ground, to help make the necessary improvements. The EnviroCare Tembisa branch will host other stakeholders and volunteers from the community tomorrow, in cleaning the Hennops River.

The Hennops River which begins in Kempton Park and flows in a northerly direction towards Tembisa is one of the most polluted rivers in Gauteng. From Tembisa it flows past Olifantsfontein and meets the Sesmyl Spruit which flows out of the Rietvlei Dam. The river then turns north-west flowing through the centre of Centurion. The river continues in this direction flowing through the foothills of the Magaliesberg before flowing into the Crocodile River (Limpopo) on its right bank.

Polluted stream in Tembisa. Photo supplied

Wits University, in partnership with Hennops Revival and EnviroCare Thembisa as the host will be having a clean up campaign in Tembisa, between Esiphetweni and Vusimuzi informal settlements stream. Samuel Mashimbi, the founder of EnviroCare Thembisa spoke to Spot-On about the initiative and that they aren’t hoping for change but working towards it with intention.

“Hope? not hope, to act towards our envisaged success on protecting, preserving, restoring the ecosystem in that area. with partnership such as Hennops Revival, Wits University, DWS, WRC, SAPS, CPF, Youth Desk, POWA, FBO and other interested parties or individuals, the involvement, participation, engagement, consultations and ownership by the community, specifically children and youth.”

Activist: Samuel Mashimbi. Photo supplied

Mashimbi says a number of people have already committed themselves to joining the clean-up campaign on Friday. “About 200 from key identified stakeholders such as Wits University, SAPS Tembisa South Police station, EnviroCare Thembisa and the family of Hennops Revival.”

There is no prior registration needed, as this is a voluntary initiative. “Have the willingness to lead, actively participate on removing foreign objects from the stream, pick litter, and bring usable hand tools that are user friendly to the environment and wear comfortable old clothes,” Mashimbi says about the prerequisites.

Very Bad: The pollution that can be found in parts of Tembisa. Photo supplied

He says taking care of the environment has been an ongoing process, going as far back as before 2014. “Fast forwarding the link with individual’s, organisations and institutions that are actively involved on community services, rendering clean up campaigns. Our initiative is to be actively involved on daily basis; as of the 15th of July; specifically mobilising resources for the transformation of the identified site’s into an Aesthetic and Creative Sight.”