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The Black River Of Hazendal

 Think about Cape Town it floods ones vision with the beauty of the Table Mountain, the Penguin strutting white beaches and the rolling wine lands of Hazendal on the outskirts of the city. The mountains of Cape Peninsula are made of hard stone that are found nowhere else on earth and the weather blown jagged cliffs seem to glide into the sapphire blue waters of the Atlantic in the west of the city whilst warm jade colored waters lap the sides of the eastern shore. It has been listed as one of the 20 most beautiful cities of the world.

Just at the outskirts of Cape Town lies Hazendal, at a distance of 8 kilometers. The Black River a tributary of the Salt River rises in Arderne Gardens and flows underground initially beneath the Main Road and the Railway Line, before it is canalized through Claremont and Rondebosch, then uncanalized thought Mowbray, Observatory and Mailtland. Hazendal is famous for is picturesque wine producing valley. A much sought after tourist destination in South Africa. However, on the flipside recently about 33,000gallons of combined waste water out of which around 1,480 gallons were sewage that was released into the Black river from Port Huron Waste Treatment Plant. Residents have raised an alarm as this stinking polluted water runs between their houses causing unbearable stench. This also has given rise to an influx of flies and cockroaches and now has become a health hazard. The residents of the area are demanding the City of Cape Town to take preventive measures and not pump effluent into the river.


By: Madhuchanda Saxena


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