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Morningside resident Floyd Nyai had enough of seeing plastic tarnish the Braamfontein Spruit River every day on his way to work. Realising that if he didn’t do something, no one would, Floyd began an incredible cleanup organisation to tackle the problem!


Johannesburg, South Africa (05 July 2024) — A Morningside resident has become a river hero after he decided enough was enough when it came to a neglected waterbody and began his own clean-up non-profit!

Said Morningside resident Floyd Nyai, who spent years working in the cleaning industry where he was exposed to disadvantaged areas where he saw waste mismanagement, littering and illegal dumping on the most hectic levels.

Because of his background, he became deeply concerned by the state of neglect in local rivers like the Braamfontein Spruit River; largely inspired by seeing the same green plastic trapped under a rock in the area everyday on his way to work.

But instead of just sharing his concern, he decided to share his capability to make change possible and began the Hlanzekile River and Ocean Cleaning community late last year.

“It was disheartening to see how a substantial amount of this waste, often plastic, ended up in rivers and ultimately, oceans,” says Floyd reflecting on what he saw in the disadvantaged communities he visited for work which largely sparked the passion to do even more for South Africa’s environment. 

“The realisation that this environmental crisis was affecting not only nature, but also the livelihoods of countless South Africans was impossible to ignore.”

The mission of Hlanzekile is to tackle plastic pollution head-on. However, the mission extends far beyond just cleanup efforts.

The organisation is determined to educate the public about the far-reaching consequences of plastic pollution, how it disrupts ecosystems, alters natural processes and contributes to climate change—all of which directly impact millions of people.

Floyd’s organisation has been hard at work over the past few months, and already has a 10 members on board who are dedicated to Braamfontein Spruit River every Saturday.

To date, the team have collected over 4,800 kilograms of waste and put thousands of rands into the effort as a self-funded project.

This Mandela Day (18 July), they are aiming to extend their cleaning efforts to Kliprivier in Soweto, where pollution and environmental havoc are rife.

Volunteers are encouraged to signup and play their part in beautifying something that should’ve always remained beautiful, and those looking to join the charge can do so here!

Sources: Supplied
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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