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Bruma Lake gets a new look

Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau has unveiled the new look Bruma Lake.

City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau has unveiled the new look Bruma Lake, which has now been converted to a park.

The lake, which is affectionately known as the Jewel of the East, had become infamous for its high levels of pollution and contamination.

The water was drained in 2014 to make way for its conversion into a park after the high levels of contamination became a health hazard, with litter flowing into the Jukskei River.



Tau says maintaining the Bruma Lake simply would have cost too much.

"The development of Bruma Lake itself and its surroundings is directly linked to our Johannesburg 2014 strategy. We announced the Johannesburg 2014 strategy and indicated that we wanted to ensure that is sustainable and resilient to challenges."

The lake's rehabilitation cost R71,5 million after years of attempts to rejuvenate the lake, including the installation of solar powered floaters, three years ago.

Local businesses and the neighbouring Courtyard Hotel have conveyed their gratitude for the rejuvenation.