Jukskei River

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Jukskei River
South Africa-Johannesburg-Jukskei river-001.jpg
Jukskei flowing past Gillooly's Farm
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Source Natural Spring
 - location Ellis Park [1], Johannesburg, South Africa
 - coordinates 26°11′46″S 28°03′50″E / 26.196°S 28.064°E / -26.196; 28.064
Mouth Crocodile River
 - elevation 1,234 m (4,049 ft)
 - coordinates 25°52′34″S 27°55′38″E / 25.87611°S 27.92722°E / -25.87611; 27.92722Coordinates: 25°52′34″S 27°55′38″E / 25.87611°S 27.92722°E / -25.87611; 27.92722
Discharge for Crocodile River
 - average 0 m3/s (0 cu ft/s)
Location of the Jukskei River mouth
A South African girl sitting on a log next to the Jukskei River

The Jukskei River[2] is one of the largest rivers in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the southernmost river in the Crocodile River (West) basin.[3]


The Jukskei begins in Ellis Park in Johannesburg, although its original spring on the former Doornfontein farm, measured at 18,000 liters per hour, has since disappeared under subsequent urban development.[4] Now the first surface expression of the Jukskei is in Bertrams at the intersection of Queen Street and Sports Avenue where it emerges from a storm drain.[4]


The Jukskei is mostly shallow and not deep enough for transportation. It is also often very polluted, and occasionally causes outbreaks of cholera.[5][6]

The banks are prone to bursting,[7] especially in summer when rainfalls are the heaviest for the year regionally. This spells disaster for the impoverished residents of the Alexandra Township who are often forced to build makeshift shacks along the river banks owing to overcrowding and the need for access to water for washing, drinking and cooking.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Water, water... everywhere". City of Johannesburg. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  2. ^ "Exact location of Juksei River". Open Street Map. 
  3. ^ Crocodile/Marico WMA 3
  4. ^ a b Christie, Sean (3 January 2014). "Searching for the soul of the Jukskei". Mail and Guardian (South Africa). Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Statement by minister Ronnie Kasrils, Minister of water affairs and forestry". South African Government. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  6. ^ "Cholera found in Alexandra's Jukskei River". Daily Dispatch. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  7. ^ "Gauteng residents warned to be cautious in floods". Gauteng Provincial Government. 2006-01-12. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 

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