The Kenmare Kloof Conservation Association organized the first Kloof Walk of the year on Saturday 11 January. It was a huge success with over 219 people turning up to enjoy in a walk in our beautiful gorge that borders Kenmare and Roodekrans. For majority of the hikers, it was their first time in the gorge and they couldn’t believe that this gorge exists in the middle of our city. The river which starts in this hidden gorge which is known as the deepest gorge in Gauteng, has been rated by authorities as the “Cleanest River in Gauteng”.
But this river was not always like this. Once this river had small indigenous fish but sadly all the fish were wiped out by a Plascon Paint chemical spill a few decades ago. The river then became a cesspit as local sewers overflowed into the waters unchecked for many years until about 3 years ago when the RNW sprang into action to get the sewerage leaks reported. Later an early warning testing of the waters started daily at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens. If the oxygen of the river drops, then the RNW members go out searching for the cause and report any sewerage spills to the relevant authorities.
Last year the Kenmare Kloof Conservation Association was formed and now they too play an active role in the gorge by cutting down invasive wattle trees, cleaning up, the river, reporting any sewerage leaks, and by organizing public walks such as this one.
On today’s walk, the hikers were also given black bags and asked if they could collect any rubbish that they find, so that it could be taken out of the gorge. Most obliged and many refuse bags were collected.