Conservationist Romy Stander and artist Hannelie Coetzee are teaming up to tackle pollution in the Jukskei, one of Johannesburg’s largest rivers. Combining research, green infrastructure and art, the duo has created a model they hope can be replicated for other rivers across the country.

When looking at the Jukskei, most people would only see a polluted ribbon of water. But Stander and Coetzee are determined to restore the river.

“Water is a reflection of society, and this one is toxic,” said Stander, who co-founded the charity Water for the Future alongside Coetzee.

The initiative worked closely with the local community to remove alien invasive plants in December 2020. Plans to build natural water filters to protect the river are also underway.

“We want to create a green corridor filled with safe water and eco-art that communicates with people,” said Stander.

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