THE historic Spar River Mile could soon be back in its rightful place – the Swartkops River – with Spar Eastern Cape committing to spending nearly R250000 to fast-track the clean-up of the river.
The retailer, which has sponsored the swimming event for the past 14 years, has pledged R80000 every year for the next three years towards clean-up operations by the Zwartkops Conservancy.
Spar Eastern Cape marketing director Martin Webber said the investment followed the relocation of the event from Redhouse to the Sundays River due to high Escherichia coli (E. coli) levels in the water.
E. coli and faecal coli forms have reportedly exceeded two million per 100ml at times, whereas the acceptable standard for recreational use is 130.
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