Footbridge fit as a fiddle

2017-03-28 06:03

Westlake residents got their hands dirty as they cleaned the area around the footbridge for their own safety.

The footbridge is used by many who want to get to a nearby shopping centre, but with time the area has become dirty and makes those who use it vulnerable to crime.

“The area has a lot of reeds and most of them are covering the footbridge. Due to the fact that the reeds are long, criminals are taking advantage and hiding there. As one approaches you can’t really see far and the criminals can easily attack you and run away,” says community leader Nkululeko Badini

“With winter around the corner, the area will be dark, so we wanted to make sure that everyone who uses that bridge is at least safe.”

A handful of locals gathered at the bridge last Tuesday to clean it up.

Badini says communities must stand up and learn to do things for themselves.

“Safety was the main drive. We want everyone to be able to access that area. The footbridge has been damaged for a long time and this was our chance to take the initiative and show the City of Cape Town what we want in our area.

“We have to stand up and do it for ourselves. We are the people that stay here and this is for our own safety,” he says.

People had turned the footbridge area into a dumping site. The volunteers cleaned the area and positioned some planks on the footbridge.

“Almost everyone from the Westlake community uses that footbridge. It’s so difficult for children to walk there because of the damage. Some of the planks were broken and other spots are making it difficult for those with disabilities to use the bridge.

“We are glad that people came out to help. However, a lot more can be done if we work together,” he says.

Badini adds that they are planning to repeat the cleanup as other community members are complaining that they were not ­informed.

“We are hoping to do another cleanup on Saturday. We still have to discuss when exactly so that we have a lot of people coming to help.

“It shows that the community cares about their area and they want to be involved. Safety is everybody’s responsibility and we all have to do our part.”

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