ARMOUR      Action for Responsible Management of our Rivers

A Voice for Water

Environmental Crime Workshop hosted by GekcoCreated: 19 August 2018 

An environmental crime workshop, organized by Gekco was held at the Midrand Fire Station on Saturday. The venue was packed out by numerous residents associations, Community Policing Forums and NGO's. Representatives of COJ EISD, City Parks, Department of Water and Sanitation and SAPS Biodiversity addressed the audience on a range of environmental crime topics, including illegal dumping, littering, water pollution, noise and disturbances.

Hotly debated was the topic of illegal squatting in public spaces, particularly water courses. The subject of waste recyclers was also addressed and it was pointed out that these people perform a valuable role in society, however they need to be registered, organized and provided with facilities. ARMOUR suggestion was made that commercial shopping centres should be levied to support either waste recycling facilities, a  job centre or a homeless shelter.

Annette Muir from DWS addressed the audience on Water Use Licenses and related crimes.

ARMOUR commends Gekco for this valuable and informative workshop and supports further roll out to other areas.


Introducing the Klip River Water Stewardship Initiative (KlipWaS), Andrew BarkerCreated: Mar 2018 

A few years ago, KlipSA (Klipriviersberg Sustainability Association) initiated a project to prepare an integrated management plan for the Klip River wetland area between the N1 and the R59 in the southern areas of Johannesburg into Midvaal.
Through a number of stakeholder workshops, it was established that the project should address the water quality and quantity in the Klip River and identify economic and social goods and services with a view to protecting, promoting and enhancing the value of the natural assets found in the wetland. This would however require a broader process which would address the many issues relating to the catchment which impacted on this area of wetlands which has been identified as a priority area by SANBI.
The CSIR has approached KlipSA and introduced the concept of water stewardship involving a multi-stakeholder process and collaborative engagement to improve water security for all stakeholders including residents, businesses and others within the Klip River catchment area. The multi-stakeholder process will include representatives from the public and private sectors, civil society and even international participants in the partnership.
To initiate this multi-stakeholder process an initial scoping workshop is to be held on Friday, 23 March 2018 at the Lido Hotel between 10:00 and 13:00.

Klein Jukskei Flows again in Sharonlea

Feedback Report, John du Plessis, Created: Sept 17, 2017 

Residents in Sharonlea, Randburg, north of Johannesburg have been concerned about a massive build-up of trees and other debris against the pilings supporting a water pipeline across the Klein Jukskei Olievenhoutspruit.  This buildup was estimated to have accumulated over a 5 year period and had the potential to damage the pipeline, as well as dam down river. With the rainy season approaching, the Sharonlea Residents Association escalated the problem to City of Joburg. The ensuing clean-up was no small task.

Build-up of trees and other debris against the pilings supporting a water pipeline across the Klein Jukskei

Joburg City Parks responded to the call to assist and came to the rescue by cutting up the tree stumps over a period of weeks. Then came the big day on Saturday 16 September 2017 on Spruitday 2017, where over 80 residents climbed in to help clear the debris, using chainsaws and their own vehicles to remove tree stumps. Pickitup also pitched in to remove the mess. A remarkable success was achieved, thanks to the participation and joint efforts of all. It shows what can be achieved from public and private working together. Well done to all involved. 

City Parks cut logs into pieces

Residents removed trees stumps

The results