Willem Snyman is cleaning the Hennops River despite many threatening his well-being and the community is rallying behind him and the cause!


Helen Duigan took to her Facebook to praise Willem Snyman for his dedication to cleaning up the Hennops River in Centurion. He started by walking along the riverside to find exactly where the pollution was coming from and was horrified by what he found.

Helen shared his amazing story about all he has faced since he started his journey to clean the river. How he has faced being shut down and intimidated to how he has inspired many people with his tireless efforts.

“Ignore, deplore, accuse, tackle. Those are four of the responses of the general public when confronted by the multiple problems of our country.

Willem Snyman of Hennops River tackles. He has walked the length of the abused and poisoned Hennops to find the sources of the contamination and to figure out how to tackle it. On his journeys he’s been welcomed and joined by people keen to help clean up the river, he’s been threatened by ”developers” who sells “stands” on the rubble heaped up along the banks to hopeful “home-owners”, he’s featured in newspaper articles, and he’s chivvied authorities that should be doing this work.”

Helen is the admin on a Facebook group to rally the community and organise events. The next event is coming up this week. The group is called ARMOUR (Action for Responsible Management of Our Rivers).

“He has also inspired growing groups of people to work with him. Tomorrow (Friday 30th) they are tackling their next project – clearing the vast expanse of rubbish clogging the Hennops River at the Riverview Park bridge opposite the Supersport cricket stadium in Centurion. Everyone welcome to pitch in!

Little streams can become big rivers – thanks to people like Willem.”

The river clean up is taking place tomorrow. You can find more information on the ARMOUR (Action for Responsible Management of Our Rivers) Facebook group here.

Sources: Facebook
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