Newsletter 1/07 – March 2007

Dear Members and Friends

In the last newsletter I wrote about the excellent work being by the Bishopscourt Ratepayers’ Association, and the neighbours in the vicinity of Noreen Avenue Newlands, and Dr Joan Parker in particular. The broadwalk was officially opening on 1st March by Mayor Helen Zille. It was a fitting occasion and a celebration of a completed project.

There is further good news and achievements

The Liesbeek Maintenance Project

This project is now into its third year of operation and judging by all the positive comments from people using the Trail it is a really worthwhile exercise. I often wonder what the river would look like with out this ongoing work. The current team is led by Siphelele Sontundu. His team workers are David Nyathela and Siyanda Mlalandle.

These workers are from the organization called ‘Men on the Side of the Road’. Both have done a basic gardening course. David has worked as a gardener in the area for several years and was referred to us by one of our supporters. You can easily spot them of the Liesbeek wearing their blue overalls and caps and black gumboots and caring identification cards. Their tasks include picking up litter, removing invasive vegetation, weeding, pruning, clearing gutters and drains, watering newly planted trees and plants, painting out graffiti etc. They have often found stolen documents and have made it their business to return them to their rightful and delighted owners!

Currently their main area of work is between Sans Souci Road, Newlands and Burg Road, Rondebosch with monthly forays to Kildare Road Bridge and carpark, and Paradise Park and periodic visits to Rosebank and Protea.

It is the Team’s first experience of working on a river and so they are busy learning to identify new plants, trees and birds. Other educational topics range from catchments to wetlands to biodiversity. Liz Wheeler does a fantastic job supervising the project on a voluntary basis. We are incredibly grateful to Liz and for the support given to her by her husband David.

The River Team are delighted to have work which means their families benefit too. None of this would be possible without the generous sponsorship of SAB Breweries which will fund the River Team’s wages for two days a week for the year. Obviously the Team would love to be employed on more days but the sponsorship is limited. We are very grateful for other forms of sponsorship they far: Tuffy Brands supplies hundreds of tough bags; and Buildmor and Pick ’n Pay have supplied new implements this year.

Council Ward Allocation funding

You probably saw newspaper articles about the Liesbeek Trail upgrade. The City has made R105 000 available as ward allocations – R50 000 in Ward 58, R45 000 in Ward 59 and R10 000 in Ward 62. The Friends Committee has decided that resurfacing the Trail in numerous places in Ward 59 is of the highest priority. Discussions are underway about the expenditure and quotations are being requested.

World Water Week

We had a good attendance for our walk along the river on Wednesday 21 February. Despite the strong wind, it was an enjoyable event. Good company, interesting chit-chat and with lots of comments and questions raised about the state of the Liesbeek River alongside the Hartleyvale sports ground. It clearly highlighted the need for major project that needs to be undertaken in this area. We will certainly be following these ideas further.


Liz walking the talk… as always with enthusiasm and knowledge


…and husband Dave inspecting an early vintage picked enroute.


Believe us! We found a number of sites like this used by the homeless.

Website and email

We are slowly come to grips with electronic information. Our last electronic newsletter received a number of compliments from members. Thanks! Always appreciated too. Some people have had difficulty extracting the email file, but hopefully we have been able to assist you. Our website is: and email: Committee member and vice-chair, Trevor Hughes is doing a great job bringing all these matters together. The website is still under construction. We will call for ideas and contributions from members in due course.

Membership subs are due

Our financial year ends in March. We would be pleased to receive your membership subs for the new year. While we actively seek funds to manage certain projects, we are entirely dependent on the membership to keep this organization going. Our banking details are below.

Membership subscriptions 2007/2008

Single R20
Family R30
Corporate R100

Donations to the Liesbeek Maintenance Project would be greatly appreciated.

Friends of the Liesbeek banking details:-

Nedbank Pinelands Branch no 122005, a/c no 2220015645

Kindly supply your reference details on the deposit slip. We will acknowledge receipt of your subs.

Human Rights Day: Come walk the Liesbeek!

On Wednesday 21 March we will be meeting at 9am on Winchester Road (top of Liesbeek) opposite Hill Primary School. We will take a leisurely walk down to Observatory where a spending picnic awaits opposite the Wild Fig Restaurant. The Wild Fig are organizing a light lunch with champagne drinks at R30 per head (cost price). Join us for the whole walk or meet us enroute at one of these spots: 10am Noreen Avenue (viewing of garden and broadwalk opposite Paradise Motors, Newlands); Josephine Mill at 11.30; fields opposite the Wild Fig at 13.30.

Please RSVP to or telephone Belinda Greeff 021 531 5023

We hope you can come. Our thanks to the Wild Fig Restaurant for sponsoring the event.

The Fairest Cape Association and Footprints Environmental Centre will be presenting a fun, interactive introduction to the Ecological Footprint:

What is it?
How BIG is yours?
How too reduce it? And
How it impacts on the planet.

The topic will be introduced with an excerpt from the Al Gore “An
inconvenient truth” documentary video.

Even though the topic is serious it is a fun interactive programme not to be missed if you want a better understanding of how your actions impact and how you can reduce your impact with simple and easy actions.

The talks are open to anyone interested in making a difference.

Venue: Footprints Environmental Centre,
Corner Camp and St John’s Rd Wynberg
Date: 7 March 2007
Time; 9.30 – 11am.

For further information please contact Michelle at or Rodney at 021 4622040

Kind regards

Michelle Sholto-Douglas
Footprints Environmental Centre
Cr Camp & St John’s Rd, Wynberg
021 794 5586 or 084 506 3089

“The future is not some place we are going to but one we are creating. The paths to it are made not found, and the activity of making, changes both the maker and the destinations….” – Philip Adam.

Some useful contacts

Want to hire a reliable worker – Men On the Side of the Road – tel. 021-448-9000/1/2
For collection of cardboard – Oasis – Aubrey Wicomb – tel. 083-564-3514
Drop off your old computers, tins, plastic etc at Footprints – Camp Road, Wynberg

Best wishes


Kevin Winter on behalf of an active committee

PS The website at is up and running (at least the start of it!)

About Admin (Trev)

I am the Vice-Chairman of The Friends of the Liesbeek
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