Paint Sapphire Coast blue

2017-11-08 06:01
RIGHT: Senzo Ngcobo was in charge of cleaning and applying new paint, and this is the result.PHOTOS: supplied

RIGHT: Senzo Ngcobo was in charge of cleaning and applying new paint, and this is the result.PHOTOS: supplied

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SAPPHIRE Coast Tourism is in the progress of painting the Sapphire Coast blue.

“We are looking at repainting all bridges within the Sapphire Coast, sooner rather than later,” Sapphire Coast Tourism chairperson Romy Wenzel said.

“Why blue? We are trying to highlight the meaning of Sapphire which is a saturated shade of blue, referring to the gem of the same name. Sapphire gems are most commonly found in a range of blue shades,” she added.

“We decided to start with the Adams Road bridge as the bridge was looking rather tired prior to the repaint.

“Senzo Ngcobo was in charge of cleaning and applying new paint. It is looking so much better.” She added they are thankful for Seabreeze and Build it, which offered to provide the Sapphire Blue paint at reduced cost.

However, plenty more paint is needed and any sponsorships or discounts will be appreciated as the CTO’s budget is tight.

Wenzel said local high schools have been asked to come on board to repaint and brand a bridge close to the relevant schools.

“Hopefully, if all goes well, schools will start as from mid-November onwards as pupils are busy with exams,” Wenzel said.

The said Sapphire Coast Tourism is also looking for keen artists that can assist with the painting of murals, such as marine life, places of interest, bird life, sea, beach and surf, and more.

Wenzel said the organisation welcomes great ideas and suggestions, and asks the public to refrain from criticising the few that are trying to make a difference and rather assist.

“As is, we need to follow certain guidelines as certain colours and drawings can distract road users from traffic ... especially along busy roads and at night - for instance, a dark colour will result in a safety hazard as drivers cannot see dark bridges in the dark,” she explained.

Those interested in joining the project can contact Sapphire Coast via e-mail or - Supplied.


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