•The project pilots and develops a collaborative model for urban watershed and river restoration that is sustainable and replicable at different scales.   We use innovative ways to restore the natural eco-system of the Jukskei River, starting at the river’s daylight point in Lorentzville, Johannesburg.  The daylight point is where the river comes above ground for the first time from its underground source.  

•We aim to demonstrate what impact a clean, beautiful neighbourhood and river can have on improving the quality of people’s lives.  We facilitate a way of life for communities that enables a change in the way they interact with the natural environment, through artistic expression, skills development and job creation.  The properties and people along the river currently have their backs to the water and we will endeavour to turn their gaze towards the river.

•We are co-designing ecological infrastructure system in the catchment area with innovative participatory Suburban Urban Draining Systems (SUDS) interventions which harness the short intense downpours before the water reaches the canal.  Efforts are made to mimic the original Soweto Grasslands that were in place before urbanisation of the area. By including the original ecological system into the urban development framework (UDF), the development plan builds a resilient infrastructure along with an informed pro-active community.  This resilience will contribute to climate change adaptation which expects shorter, more concentrated and severe thunderstorms in the future.

•The improvement of the water quality is a core concern and focus that is being addressed by multiple thought processes and studies.