Revamped subway anniversary hailed

2016-10-12 06:00
My Sapphire CommUnity staff and a local businessman at the place where the sign is to be erected.  PhotoS: supplied

My Sapphire CommUnity staff and a local businessman at the place where the sign is to be erected. PhotoS: supplied

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On Heritage Day, 24 September, 2015, My Sapphire CommUnity took action to restore and revive the pedestrian subway in Warner Beach so that locals and visitors would have easy and safe access to and from the beach and stores.

The project was by no means easy given the state of structural disrepair, filth and excrement, combined with loiterers and job-seekers frequenting the area. My Sapphire CommUnity and local businesses and Sapphire Coast Tourism, assisted by volunteers and unemployed labourers got the process going. Since then, the subway has been totally transformed and more people are making use of it.

Apart from repainting and decorating the subway adding colour, the gardens were landscaped and extra lighting installed, with some of the fittings being painted the red and white colours of a lighthouse, increasing safety and adding a festive touch. Maintenance and cleaning on a regular basis is carried out by Thembise Ndlovu, who was previously unemployed.

Next on the list: the installation of sponsored cameras and “hopes” for night patrolling in and around the area to make the subway safe especially in the evenings.

This project has so far been funded by a few individuals and local businesses.

To support this “proudly Warner’s initiative”, contact or bsm1@ - Supplied.

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