In an effort to preserve precious water sources, SANParks teams have made the cleaning of alien invasive plants bordering the Kynsna River in the Southern Cape, a priority.

The purpose of the project is to allow more water to flow freely. Invasive alien plant species have been sucking up chunks of water, especially in areas close to water sources.

The Knysna area is already water stressed. Garden Route National Park spokesperson, Nandi Mgwadlamba says this will also provide employment.

“The significance of the action is to firstly provide work for working for water but also to protect biodiversity and to make sure that more water flows into the river which then flows into the estuar. The Knysna River is significant in that it provides the town of Knysna with water.”