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Q: Liesbeek River, Cape Town, South Africa ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Liesbeek River, Cape Town, South Africa
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: tcelina-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 05 Apr 2003 01:52 PST
Expires: 05 May 2003 02:52 PDT
Question ID: 186322
I am looking for sources about different ways the Liesbeek River in
Cape Town is used by different groups of people.  Specifically, I am
interested in the colored women who use the river to wash their
laundry and bathe, but as I have had no luck finding such information,
other groups would be useful as well ("Friends of the Liesbeek", for
instance, do environmental work in the river).  All sources are
welcome, newspaper articles in particular, but also text books or
novels that can be purchased online, photos or artwork, magazines,
personal accounts, government ordinances/laws, etc.  The more recent
the better, but historical references are acceptable (nothing
Subject: Re: Liesbeek River, Cape Town, South Africa
Answered By: jeanwil-ga on 05 Apr 2003 07:26 PST
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Hi tcelina-ga,

Here is what I was able to locate for you with regards to
Liesbeek/Liesbeeck River.

Dear Friends of the World

12	"The beautiful Cape"Polluted Liesbeek River - Cape TownC. Loch

Sources of the Liesbeeck River

"A tributary of the Liesbeeck River which is one of the few perennial
strams in Cape Town.  The rocks neither as smooth nor as wet as I
would have liked, but I like the composition and the mood." | stephen_timm | short stories and prose

View of Table Mountain and Devil's Peak from Louwvliet, 
with the Liesbeek river in the foreground

Liesbeek Ghosts


International Day of Action Against Dams and for Rivers, Water and
“Another was put up on the banks of the Liesbeek River, where Gordon
Oliver performed a river blessing ceremony to mark the International
Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water and Life.
Said Greeff: "We chose the Liesbeek for the ceremoney because the
degraded state it is in reflects the poor state of of most of Cape
Town's urban rivers - the Lotus, the Kuils and the Elsieskraal."

LUGER, M. & B.R. DAVIES. 1993. Environmentally insensitive design and
construction - the Liesbeek River walkway, Cape Town. Environmental
Planning and Management 1993: 4-11.

“BIRD-COUNTING WALK (Liesbeek River): Meet the Friends of the Liesbeek
at the Environment Centre in the grounds of Valkenberg, off Liesbeek
Parkway, at 4pm on Sunday and help count the birds along the river's
lower reaches. Inquiries, call Kevin at 685-1881. “

South Africa

2001 Global Register of Large Flood Events

"Cape Town area- Philippi suburb, Cape Flats, Hout Bay. Liesbeek
River	08/17/01 - 09/03/01

		Kirstenbosch National Botanical GardensFounded in 1913, Kirstenbosch
lies on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. It consists of
landscaped gardens of indigenous plants and trees, watered by the
Liesbeek River, as well as natural forest that extends up the lower
slopes. Kirstenbosch covers an area of 828 Ha, 60 ha of which are
cultivated; the remainder is a natural flora reserve"

Hope this helps as it is not easy to locate much information.Contact
me if you need further clarification.

Best regards,


search words 'Liesbeeck river' 'Liesbeeck river' 'Liesbeeck river
photo' etc

Request for Answer Clarification by tcelina-ga on 06 Apr 2003 03:48 PDT
A lot of these sites are not useful at all.  I'm looking more
specifically for how the river is used by particular people, not
general outcry at the polluted state of the river. "Liesbeek Ghosts,"
"Bird Counting Walk," and were the only three sites that
really addressed my question.  Is there nothing more available than

I'm a bit disappointed because most of the sites I had already found,
I asked for help because I had hoped there was more information than I
had been able to locate on my own.

If you find anything further, please let me know.  Also, the
shuttercity link doesn't appear to be working.  Thanks.

Clarification of Answer by jeanwil-ga on 06 Apr 2003 08:50 PDT
Hi tcelina-ga,

I have done my best with the limited information that is on the web. 
There is nothing else on the web as I have looked for hours.

Here are two more links.


GSB favourate entrepreneur, “Paper Joe” wins again

Liesbeek River is referred to on both sites.

With regards to winepro,I did try the link and it worked.

South Africa 

Best regards,

tcelina-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
I'm not sure more information is available than what jeanwil-ga
provided, so I may be out of line rating this answer so poorly, but I
am disappointed because I was under the impression an "expert
researcher" would find more than I would on my own.  I won't use this
service again, I guess it's designed for people who don't know how to
use a search engine without supervision, students and other people
without cash to spare should save their money and spend an hour doing
the work themselves.

Subject: Re: Liesbeek River, Cape Town, South Africa
From: hummer-ga on 06 Apr 2003 13:25 PDT
Hi tcelina,

I'll add this to jeanwil's list:

"Reeds from the Liesbeeck River, elephant or horse dung serve Jospeh
Thembilizwe Diliza as the raw material for his beautiful handmade

Subject: Re: Liesbeek River, Cape Town, South Africa
From: totto-ga on 26 Aug 2004 05:56 PDT
This is  a year later and my daugter is looking for info and pictures
on the Liesbeech River as well. I found your answer helpfull and
visited all the sites aswell getting lovely pictures.


I would also like to know more about the ladies doing their washing in
the river, but will settle for what i got.


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