A Haunting Thought: Kloof Unmaintained

Photo by David Menidrey on Unsplash

October is supposed to be the scariest time of the year – the month that ghosts and ghouls come out to haunt the neighbourhood. But never mind Halloween, an unmaintained Kloof village is something we find a lot scarier! Imagine if no one tidied up their verges, left litter lying around, or just forgot to tend to broken street lamps, cracked pavements, and potholes! It would be a living nightmare! Here are some alien sightings, as well as some before and after projects that TKP have tackled, to help keep Kloof beautiful.

Alien Invasion

Photo by Albert Antony on Unsplash

Do you believe in aliens? Did you know that there are some residing in Kloof? It’s true! Alien invasive Bug Weed is a plant that people mistake for a beautiful tree. If you have this growing in your garden, don’t call NASA or the Ghost Busters, because this alien is super simple to remove yourself. Below is what the culprit looks like. See if you can identify some in your area. If you’re not sure, take a snap and send the picture to info@thekloofproject.co.za so that we can confirm if it is an alien sighting.

Frightful to Delightful

The compartments and surrounds below the Elizabeth Bridge were an overgrown, dank, and dreary area and provided a space largely used for illegal alcohol gatherings and a source of litter. The area on the railway and verge sides is now regularly cut by Grasschopper Garden Service. A huge thank you to the Grasschopper team for turning this area from frightful to delightful! We would also like to thank Cyanodon Specialists for the instant lawn donation.

Ghastly to Gorgeous

The bridge has also been brightened up by the talented outdoor wall artists who have breathed new life into the zone, now renamed as The Kloof Bench.

Thank you Giffy and team for turning this space from ghastly to gorgeous with your incredible creativity!

Heinous to Heavenly

This island, across from the Telkom depot in Old Main Road, was an unattractive layer of concreted-in boulders and a haven for weeds and leaves. 

With the involvement of a few teens during their school holidays and Chris Dalzell’s landscaping team, together with a front-end loader, kindly supplied by the Parks Dept, the island was completely transformed.

Since then, it has blossomed into a stunning array of indigenous beauties that never fails to impress.

Wishing you a happy Halloween! We hope it’s a real scream – filled with lots of fun spent trick or treating with your family in a now neat, tidy, and clean Kloof!

If you love what The Kloof Project does for the Kloof community, please show you care by continuing to support us. We could use any and every bit of funding we receive. Consider pledging a small, monthly donation to TKP. You can set up a debit order on your account, EFT the organisation directly, or make a monthly payment via Zapper (click here for the Zapper link). Every little bit helps!

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