A startling discovery near the banks of the Korsman pan has prompted the Korsman Conservancy to address the issue of discarded clothing, including a pile of ‘crocs’ or shoes. Jane Trembath, chairperson of the conservancy, stumbled upon this unusual collection while conducting routine water level readings and litter collection. Expressing concern about the potential impact on the pan’s biodiversity, Trembath highlighted the longstanding problem of clothing, shoes, and even unopened cans of expired food finding their way into the pan.
Trembath revealed that a significant amount of dumped clothing, often arriving in black bags, flows into the pan through stormwater drains from Sunnyside Avenue, Brand Street, and The Drive. The situation is exacerbated during rainfall, leading to items landing on the pan’s banks, ranging from men’s and women’s clothes to those for boys and girls.
A recent water study by a University of Johannesburg (UJ) student, Thizwi Tshivhuyahuvhi, under Professor Richard Greenfield’s guidance, identified Korsman pan as having the highest count of microplastics. Trembath explained that clothes contribute to this pollution through fibre release, posing a direct threat to the sanctuary’s nesting birds, potentially resulting in harm or strangulation.
Shyur Ganespersad, a committee member, injected some humour into the situation, imagining the absurdity of a flamingo donning jeans and ‘crocs’ in the pan. While finding humour, Trembath urged responsible clothing disposal, suggesting donations to local charities for repurposing or resale. She highlighted that this incident is not isolated, with similar findings reported at the Atlasspruit. The Korsman Conservancy is committed to addressing this issue and promoting environmental responsibility within the community.
Source: ‘Crocs’ unwelcome at Korsman
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