The group of around 70 students from the University of Pretoria, assisted by some fellow students from the University of Johannesburg who are part of the international group, Saving the Earth from A to Z (Asez), cleaned the river from Brooklyn Mall to the Caledonian Stadium.
More than 200 yellow bags full of litter were a reflection of their efforts to clean up the city’s rivers, 5km at a time. Students will adopt different sections and clean them up.
Ask what they found among the rubbish, and one is amazed: lost ID documents (or perhaps those discarded by thieves), syringes, old bits of mattress, plastic and other debris.
One of the volunteers, Tuks student Resego Matlakala, said they had dedicated themselves to this spruit to protect the environment but also in an effort to curb crime.