Fresh, or the Fountain River Environmental Sanctuary Hennops is a non-profit organization with two major mandates:
To Clean up pollution in the Hennops River by :
And also to maintain the ecosystem in the Hennops River by :
The Hennops River runs from the Kempton Park area in Johannesburg, flowing in a northerly direction. Through Tembisa, past Olifanstfontain, and through central Centurion. The river winds through the Hennops River valley, and the Schurverberg foothills and finally joins with the Crocodile River in the Limpopo Province, on the right bank.
The Hennops is one of the most polluted rivers in the Province of Gauteng. Recent tests of the water at various points have revealed that it has become inhabitable for most of the indigenous fauna and flora that used to flourish in its waters, and on its banks.
FRESH is taking a problem-solving approach to the pollution in the river by looking at some of the main contributors of this pollution. We have identified that although much of the pollution is coming from urban, and rural towns and informal settlements, there are also large sanitation plants long the river, in desperate need of maintenance, and un-checked corporate polluters that are contributing.
The river serves as an important part of one of the Hartbeespoort Dam tributaries, with much of the Hennops River valley forming a part of the protected Magalies Biosphere. Through donations, government funding, and corporate assistance, we believe that it is possible to restore the river to its former glory, and maintain its beauty. FRESH welcomes donations of time, money and resources.