An assessment of Cape Town's Black River mouth has revealed the shocking truth about the state of urban rivers in the Mother City.
Chavonne Snyman from Environmental group Plastic Pollution Initiative carried out the assessment last month and says the situation is dire and the findings shocking.
Dead bodies... syringes flowing out of the rivers onto the beaches, sewerage, condoms.— Chavonne Snyman, Creator and community member - Plastic pollution initiative Facebook page
But where is the majority of waste coming from?
Snyman says they've identified two hot spots.
We found in the southern suburbs that, more often than not, it does come from the factory areas and also the informal settlements, there are too many people living in one space, people don't have enough garbage disposal bins.— Chavonne Snyman, Creator and community member - Plastic pollution initiative Facebook page
Toni Brockhoven from animal rights group Beauty Without Cruelty explains why the preservation of our urban rivers is so important.
The reason that our rivers are so essential is that they are our lifeblood...not only for humans but also for our wildlife.— Toni Brockhoven, National chairperson & spokesperson - Beauty Without Cruelty
For example, the filth and the litter and the pollution that is in the Black River affects the Western leopard toad.— Toni Brockhoven, National chairperson & spokesperson - Beauty Without Cruelty
Capetonians are being urged to join volunteers and residents to help clean the Black River mouth this Saturday 25 May.
For more information go to Sea The Bigger Picture on Facebook.
Listen to the full interview below: