Lizette Wilson’s love for a tidy and green environment encourages her to overlook the financial constraints that come with running a project that is based on donations.
Ms Wilson says she started the Kuils River Beautification Project in March 2021 “out of love for Kuils River and its friendly people”.
The project cleans and creates gardens on Amandel Drive and connected streets.
The Kuils River Beautification Project’s volunteers will meet on Saturday April 2 to discuss its constitution so they can register it as a non-profit organisation.
Ms Wilson and her co-volunteers, Marlene Pienaar, Ronelle Fourie, Isabel Pfaff, Hannes Pienaar and Jan-Daniël de Villiers, work alongside three employees every Wednesday. The employees are paid from the donations received by the project, says Ms Wilson.
“I initiated the Kuilsriver Beautification Project because I wanted a town that we all can be proud of. We started our project a year ago and our gardens are a great asset to our town. Things are definitely better than a year ago.
“We were the inspiration for a number of other gardens made by residents of our town.”
The Cape Women’s Agricultural Association made a garden on the corner of Amandel Drive and Kiewiet Street; Mikro Primary School created their garden on the corner of Amandel Drive and Diedrikkie Street; in Pionier Street, the residents of Van Bruggen Street built their garden under the guidance of Ms Pfaff and Wilma Matthee; and in Mabille Park, you will find a corner garden started by Sandra Smit and Jolene Reynolds, she says.
The garden project has also overseen the replanting of a tree aloe from Walnut Street to the corner of Amandel Drive and Annandale Street and Ms Wilson says it is now releasing new shoots after several months of keeping fingers crossed.
“We only rely on the residents of our town for financial donations as well as for plant donations,” Ms Wilson says. “The summer months are particularly hard for us as we have to transport many containers of borehole water to our gardens.”
She says that despite not receiving any form of support from the municipality, their dreams of a green and clean northern suburbs is as strong as a healthy tree.