Help to clean river

Zygmunt Drvja and his miniature dachsund Steffi on the pedestrian bridge across Keyser's River in Tokai.

Tokai resident Zygmunt Drvja is shocked by the state of the Keyser’s River and wonders why the City is not clearing it.

He said he had tried in vain to get answers from the City and his ward councillor Penny East. The Bulletin emailed Ms East on Monday January 16, but by the time this edition went to print, she had not responded.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, said the City usually dredged the river before winter rains, every second year and cut the river’s reeds every alternate year.

Last year, Mr Herron, said, the reeds had been cut between February and March, from the M3 to Zandvlei, and the river had been dredged mechanically during May.

Mr Herron said the Friends of Kirstenhof Wetlands were involved with some of the cleaning operations and if any businesses wanted to get involved, they could contact Abdulla Parker, the catchment manager for the area, on 021 400 1385 or

Mr Herron said residents could report any river issues to the City’s Transport Information Centre at 0800 65 64 63 or the stormwater department at 021 400 3088. Report illegal dumping to 021 788 2404 and problems with reeds to Chandre Rhode, of the invasive alien species unit, at 021 444 2357.